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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.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Frontmatter

Chapter 1. What is the Cloud?

Abstract
This chapter provides a simplified introduction to cloud computing. This chapter starts by introducing the history of cloud computing and moves on to describe the cloud architecture and operation. This chapter also discusses briefly cloud service models: Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service, and Software-as-a-Service. Clouds are also categorized based on their ownership to private and public clouds. This chapter concludes by explaining the reasons for choosing cloud computing over other technologies by exploring the economic and technological benefits of the cloud.
Mohammed M. Alani

Chapter 2. About Cloud Security

Abstract
This chapter starts by discussing how cloud computing security is different from classical network security. The chapter mentions some threats and attacks that apply specifically to cloud computing. The chapter elaborates on most recent real-life attacks to cloud computing in the past few years. The chapter also explains the history of Denial of Service attacks along with other attacks.
Mohammed M. Alani

Chapter 3. Security Threats in Cloud Computing

Abstract
This chapter discusses the most common threats in cloud computing. It starts with discussing data breaches and data loss. It also discusses the dangers of account and service hijacking in addition to the use of insecure APIs. The chapter also explains different threats to availability in the cloud and the dangers of malicious insiders. The chapter ends with the explanation of insufficient due diligence along with a few other minor threats.
Mohammed M. Alani

Chapter 4. Security Attacks in Cloud Computing

Abstract
This chapter discusses the most common attacks in cloud computing. It starts with discussing different types of denial of service attacks. It also discusses different attacks on hypervisors. The chapter also explains different attacks on confidentiality of user data in the cloud and resource-freeing attacks. The chapter also explains side-channel attacks. The chapter ends with a simple explanation of other, less significant attacks.
Mohammed M. Alani

Chapter 5. General Cloud Security Recommendations

Abstract
This short chapter introduces a general list of recommendations for enhancing cloud security.
Mohammed M. Alani

Backmatter

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