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Cloud computing is a new computing model. According to International Data Corporation (IDC) report, security is ranked first among challenges of the cloud model. In a perfect security solution, monitoring mechanisms play an important role. In the new model, security monitoring has not been discussed yet. This paper identified a few steps for studying security monitoring mechanisms in the cloud computing model. First, existing security monitoring mechanisms should be reviewed. These mechanisms are either part of commercial solutions or proposed by open communities. Second, top threats to cloud computing should be analyzed. In this step, the authors will go through new challenges in the new computing model.
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