The goal of the ESCUDO-CLOUD project is to invest data owners as first class citizens of the cloud. This will be achieved by providing enforceable security, that is, techniques that wrap the data to provide a layer of protection to the storing/processing Cloud Service Provider, setting the trust boundary at the client side, which implies correct and trusted behavior only by the client.
ESCUDO-CLOUD is targeted at both data owners and Cloud Service Providers. The availability of technologies enabling users to maintain control over their data can open cloud services to more users or for more applications. Also, it can free Cloud Service Providers from the worries of protecting data, allowing them to securely handle the data outside their own control. An additional target are developers of solutions for cloud data management, who can extend their tools with the support of the protection techniques developed in the project.
The project is expected to provide significant support to social innovation. Situations where sensitive information about the user is outside of his/her control will be reduced. As higlighted by the project acronym, the goal is “to Uphold Data Ownership,” and this aspect is consistent with the evolution of ICT towards a scenario where users are empowered and able to control their own data. The availability of technologies able to offer marked protection guarantees on outsourced data will thus support a large variety of applications that are becoming increasingly common, thanks to the deployment of a continuously more varied landscape of IT devices.
ESCUDO-CLOUD, will invest users with control over data and remove possible concerns that may limit current cloud adoption, enabling users to rely on the cloud with confidence for a variety of applications and data.
ESCUDO-CLOUD will be beneficial to both data owners and Cloud Service Providers. Data owners will be able to outsource their data while maintaining control over it, with the possibility to regulate access and to shareit with other users in a selective way, and with the ensurance that their data will remain protected from the Cloud Service Providers. Data owners will thus be able to rely on Cloud Service Providers and use their services for a wider range of applications. This will benefit both companies as well as individual users. Finally, Cloud Service Providers will significantly benefitfrom the increased market penetration that robust data ownership would provide, from reduced regulatory risks, audit costs, and general security threats that they would have to face in the absence of such protection.