LocLess: Do You Really Care Where Your Cloud Files Are?

Michalas, A. and Yigzaw, K.Y. 2016. LocLess: Do You Really Care Where Your Cloud Files Are? Cloud Security and Data Privacy by Design (CloudSPD’16), Workshop co-located with the 9th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing. Luxembourg 12 - 15 Dec 2016 IEEE . doi:10.1109/CloudCom.2016.0090

TitleLocLess: Do You Really Care Where Your Cloud Files Are?
AuthorsMichalas, A. and Yigzaw, K.Y.
TypeConference paper
Abstract

Physical location of data in cloud storage is a problem that gains a lot of attention not only from the actual cloud providers but also from the end users' who lately raise many concerns regarding the privacy of their data. It is a common practice that cloud service providers create replicate users' data across multiple physical locations. However, moving data in different countries means that basically the access rights are transferred based on the local laws of the corresponding country. In other words, when a cloud service provider stores users' data in a different country then the transferred data is subject to the data protection laws of the country where the servers are located. In this paper, we propose LocLess, a protocol which is based on a symmetric searchable encryption scheme for protecting users' data from unauthorized access even if the data is transferred to different locations. The idea behind LocLess is that "Once data is placed on the cloud in an unencrypted form or encrypted with a key that is known to the cloud service provider, data privacy becomes an illusion". Hence, the proposed solution is solely based on encrypting data with a key that is only known to the data owner.

KeywordsSecurity
Cloud Computing
Data Protection
Storage Protection
Searchable Encryption
Location Sensitive
Year2016
ConferenceCloud Security and Data Privacy by Design (CloudSPD’16), Workshop co-located with the 9th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing
PublisherIEEE
Accepted author manuscriptLocLess.pdf
Publication dates
Published26 Jan 2017
Published in print2016
Journal citationpp. 515-520
ISSN2330-2186
Book titleProceedings of the 2016 IEEE 8th International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Science
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1109/CloudCom.2016.0090

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