Cloud storage and data security

In cloud computing, there is still a pressing issue of data security. Scientists from the Laboratory of Problem-Oriented Cloud Computing at South Ural State University (SUSU) have developed an algorithm improving information security. 

For several years, the relevant methods of ensuring information security in cloud systems have been studied by the SUSU scientists, members of the international team supervised by Andrei Tchernykh, Head of the Laboratory of Problem-Oriented Cloud Computing Environments at the University and Director of the Laboratory at the Centre for Scientific Research and Higher Education at Ensenada, Mexico.

“There exist different methods of ensuring information security, like cryptography. With the appearance of cloud computing, distributed clouds, and information saving in cloud computing, we also get a problem of how to save information stored in a cloud,” explains Andrei Tchernykh.

One of the main problems is putting trust in a service provider, along with guaranteeing confidentiality, integrity, authenticity and safety of information at all stages of its existence, as well as with smoothness of operation, protection against unauthorised access, and saving of users’ personal data transferred and processed via a cloud. Moreover, cloud computing experts claim that there exists a risk of a cloud providers’ collusion.

The international team of researchers has managed to close access to information in case of such a “collusion”, using a mechanism of double coding of information.

“We have proved that the developed algorithm complies with the formal definition of computing security. If the conspirators do not know the secret key, the chance of getting to the secret is minimal. This solution is reliable when it comes to protection against insiders; even if you have access to some part on the inside, you won’t be able to obtain the complete information,” states Andrei Tchernykh.

The existing reliable systems that are next-to-impossible to be hacked are overly redundant, as when standard coding methods are used, the volume of information has to be increased so that it could not be restored from separate chunks. This requires additional financial expenses. The algorithm suggested by the SUSU scientists and their partners is less redundant but still solves the security problem.

To test the feasibility of the suggested approach, an experiment is being designed, which will allow for simultaneous use of up to 10 cloud resources to store data. To read the data, the system will retrieve them upon a user’s click. Such an approach will ensure automatic distribution of the user’s data among a number of cloud services while improving the security and reliability of cloud storage.


The results have been published in the International Journal of Approximate Reasoning