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Professor George Spanoudakis addresses UK Cyber Security Forum

Professor of Software Engineering in the School of Informatics says security remains “a major concern of enterprises and the public regarding the use of the cloud”.
by John Stevenson

Professor George Spanoudakis, a member of the interdisciplinary Centre for Cyber Security Sciences at City University London, gave a presentation on the certification of cloud services at an event titled UK Cyber Security - Protecting Our National Infrastructure organised by the UK Cyber Security Forum on 28 February.

nullProfessor Spanoudakis, who is also the Associate Dean for Research in the School of Informatics at City said: "With forecasts predicting that the public cloud service market will reach a value of almost $67bn by 2016, cloud is fast becoming a critical infrastructure. Several security incidents related to cloud services offered by almost all the major cloud providers over the last two years clearly demonstrate that security rightly remains one of the major concerns of enterprises and the general public regarding the use the cloud."

Professor Spanoudakis added:

"Researchers have been making systematic advancements in this area but we are still not in a position to give a systematic assessment of cloud security based on real operational evidence. This calls for further research into novel audit and certification methods for assessing the security of cloud services by leveraging operational evidence, testing and formal assessments. The EU Framework 7 project CUMULUS is taking steps in this direction by developing hybrid and incremental security certification models for all types of cloud services, namely infrastructure, platform and software layer services."

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