Insider Threats to Cloud Computing: Directions for New Research Challenges

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Provided by: Carnegie Mellon University
Topic: Cloud
Format: PDF
Cloud computing related insider threats are often listed as a serious concern by security researchers, but to date this threat has not been thoroughly explored. The authors believe the fundamental nature of current insider threats will remain relatively unchanged in a cloud environment, but the paradigm does reveal new exploit possibilities. The common notion of a cloud insider as a rogue administrator of a service provider is discussed, but they also present two additional cloud-related insider risks: the insider who exploits a cloud-related vulnerability to steal information from a cloud system, and the insider who uses cloud systems to carry out an attack on an employer's local resources.
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