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Elements of Cloud Computing Security

A Survey of Key Practicalities


  • Introduces the key concepts and technologies underlying cloud computing and cloud security

  • Reviews security threats in cloud computing, covering the nine most common security threats, as well as such additional threats as lock-in, incomplete data deletion, and loss of governance

  • Provides a list of general security recommendations for the cloud


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Computer Science book series (BRIEFSCOMPUTER)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Mohammed M. Alani
    Pages 1-14
  3. Mohammed M. Alani
    Pages 15-23
  4. Mohammed M. Alani
    Pages 25-39
  5. Mohammed M. Alani
    Pages 41-50
  6. Mohammed M. Alani
    Pages 51-54
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 55-55

About this book


This book offers a thorough yet easy-to-read reference guide to various aspects of cloud computing security. It begins with an introduction to the general concepts of cloud computing, followed by a discussion of security aspects that examines how cloud security differs from conventional information security and reviews cloud-specific classes of threats and attacks. A range of varying threats in cloud computing are covered, from threats of data loss and data breaches, to threats to availability and threats posed by malicious insiders. Further, the book discusses attacks launched on different levels, including attacks on the hypervisor, and on the confidentiality of data. Newer types, such as side-channel attacks and resource-freeing attacks, are also described. The work closes by providing a set of general security recommendations for the cloud.


Cloud computing Computer security Data encryption Computer hacking Hypervisor

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Information TechnologyAl-Khawarizmi International CollegeAbu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates

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