Date Added: Mar 2011
The purpose of this paper is to explore key concepts and ideas surrounding the security challenges of cloud computing, with particular reference to configuration having considerable impact on securing cloud services. It is critical that the concepts of exploitation and vulnerability, which evidence shows exist in Cloud use, are discussed and understood in order to enhance security protection and user awareness. There are considerable benefits of cloud computing systems, however this paper will primarily focus on the limitations that have emerged through inaccurate configuration setups of both the platforms and applications, and how these might be addressed. It also will highlight some research work in the area that offers possible solutions to the identified issues in Cloud security.