Towards secure and trusted cloud services in Europe

Event Date: 
Thursday, 24 September, 2015 - 09:00
Workshop Location: Avenue de Beaulieu 33, 1060 Brussels, Belgium. Room BU33 0/54
Cloud-based business and research is becoming the backbone of the European economy and society. More and more services are based on the cloud and critical infrastructure are based on it. However, security is still a major concern for users already using cloud services and a barrier for those thinking of moving to the cloud. With cloud security mechanisms commonly located within cloud platforms, customers are compelled to trust providers with their valuable and often sensitive data.
People won’t use technologies they don’t trust. They need solutions which are transparent and standards-based so that they know. The European Commission recognises this and are investing heavily in research and innovation in this area to provide products and services to build trust in the cloud. 
This workshop brings together EC-funded initiatives in the area of data protection, security and privacy in the cloud in order to work towards defining a set of cloud standards profiles which focus on addressing security issues. CloudWATCH will present the current status of our development of cloud standards profiles based on an analysis of the cloud landscape. Participants highlight their security priorities, and work together to identify which of our current cloud standards profiles resonate best with them, or whether new profiles would be more suitable. The outcome of the overall meeting outcome will see the participants actively contributing to and working on the cloud standards profiles they have identified with.
Results from the workshop will feed into CloudWATCH results which are contributing to IEEE’s P2301 Guide for Cloud Portability and Interoperability Profiles which assist cloud computing vendors and users in developing, building, and using standards-based cloud computing products and services, which should lead to increased portability, commonality, and interoperability.
New projects and customers will be able to use the analysis to quickly and easily identify the appropriate profiles.
While this is an open call for participation , CloudWATCH specifically invites the following projects to actively participate at the workshop:

24 September 2015

09:00-09:30 Registration & Networking Coffee

Towards a transparent and trusted cloud in Europe

Chair: Peter Deussen, Fraunhofer FOKUS & CloudWATCH 

09:30-09:50   Welcome & How CloudWATCH has raised the profile of European cloud solutions (slides)
Silvana Muscella, CEO Trust-IT & CloudWATCH Coordinator

09:50-10:00    The role of cloud standards in achieving the Digital Single Market
Pearse O’Donohue, Head of Unit E2, Software & Services, Cloud Computing, European Commission

10:00-11:00 SDO Panel: Activities and presence in the cloud (slides, slides CSA)
David Bernstein, IEEE P2301
Gershon Janssen, OASIS
Jens Jensen, OGF
Alex McDonald, SNIA
Daniel Dardailler, W3C
Janne Järvinen, EIT Digital Future Cloud
Damir Savanovic, CSA

Representatives of Standards Developments Organisations (SDOs) provide brief overviews of their activities in the Cloud standardisation landscape, and engage with the audience discussing models of engagement, feedback to standards, copyright and IPR issues, and other issues of standards update.
11:00-11:30 Networking break

Chair: Michel Drescher, & CloudWATCH 

11:30-11:45  Quantitative Clustering of Cloud Computing Projects for Better Standards Profiling (slides)

Neil Caithness, University of Oxford & CloudWATCH 

11:45-12:00   Overview of cloud standards profiles and plan for break-out sessions (slides)
Michel Drescher, & CloudWATCH 

12:00-13:00 Break-outs: Getting to work
Chair: Michel Drescher, & CloudWATCH
The break-out groups are invited to work towards the following objectives:
• Confirm that clustering is suitable for projects
• Acknowledge need for standards/standards profiles
• Work together to bring profiles forward
• Identify profile peer SDO
Participants break out into smaller groups according to their cluster assignment. Non-clustered projects are free to roam for as long as they constructively contribute to the clusters. SDO representatives are encouraged to engage directly with the clusters and present project representatives.
13:00-14:00 Lunch

Feedback and brief discussion
Chair: Michel Drescher, & CloudWATCH

14:00-14:30 Break-out chairs report back to group (slides: Group 1 - Group 2 - Group 3)
14:30-14:45 Final recommendations (slides)
Michel Drescher, & CloudWATCH
14:45 - 15:00
Moving forward - CloudWATCH 2 - Think Cloud Services for Government, Business & Research (slides)
Silvana Muscella, CEO Trust-IT & CloudWATCH2 Coordinator
15:00 Meeting close