Handling Confidential Data on the Untrusted Cloud: An Agent-Based Approach

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Executive Summary

Cloud computing allows shared computer and storage facilities to be used by a multitude of clients. While cloud management is centralized, the information resides in the cloud and information sharing can be implemented via off-the-shelf techniques for multiuser databases. Users, however, are very diffident for not having full control over their sensitive data. Untrusted database-as-a-server techniques are neither readily extendable to the cloud environment nor easily understandable by non-technical users. To solve this problem, the authors present an approach where agents share reserved data in a secure manner by the use of simple grant and revoke permissions on shared data.

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