Thesis Topic Details

Topic ID:
3438
Title:
Dependable Auditing on Operations of in-Cloud Applications
Supervisor:
Liming Zhu
Research Area:
Cloud Computing, Distributed Systems, Software Engineering
Associated Staff
Assessor:
Paul Bannerman
Topic Details
Status:
Active
Type:
R & D
Programs:
CS CE BIOM BINF SE
Group Suitable:
Yes
Industrial:
No
Pre-requisites:
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Description:
Despite the tremendous potential of cloud computing, organisations that deploy their applications in the cloud may have concerns related to loss of control and dependability issues (e.g. security, privacy and availability). Operations of in-cloud applications are usually a mix of (semi-) automated tasks by both in-house administrators and cloud infrastructure providers reacting to rapidly changing environment. It is often difficult to establish assurance cases and track accountabilities of these operations in three cases 1) for compliance testing with respect to legal requirements such as Basel III 2) forensic operations when there has been a secuirty breach, and 3) when the applications encounter problems and it is necessary to get compensation from the cloud vendor.. This project will investigate the both the technical mechanisms and legal issues in auditing operations of in-cloud applications. Specifically, the student will examine the current logging facilities related to typical operations of in-cloud applications and cloud infrastructure vendors's comliance process and evidence requirements. The student will then propose improvements in logging and auditing so better assurances and accountability could be established.

References: email liming.zhu@nicta.com.au
Supervisor: Prof. Len Bass (Len.Bass@nicta.com.au) & Dr. Liming Zhu (Liming.Zhu@nicta.com.au)
Requirements: System administrators skills preferred. Business and legal background is a plus.
Comments:
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