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A distributed access control system for cloud federations

Alansari, Shorouq, Paci, Federica and Sassone, Vladimiro (2017) A distributed access control system for cloud federations At IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing, Atlanta, United States. 05 - 08 Jun 2017. 6 pp.

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Cloud federations are a new collaboration paradigm where organizations share data across their private cloud infrastructures. However, the adoption of cloud federations is hindered by federated organizations’ concerns on potential risks of data leakage and data misuse. For cloud federations to be viable, federated organizations’ privacy concerns should be alleviated by providing mechanisms that allow organizations to control which users from other federated organizations can access which data. We propose a novel identity and access management system for cloud federations. The system allows federated organizations to enforce attribute-based access control policies on their data in a privacy-preserving fashion. Users are granted access to federated data when their identity attributes match the policies, but without revealing their attributes to the federated organization owning data. The system also guarantees the integrity of the policy evaluation process by using blockchain technology and Intel SGX trusted hardware. It uses blockchain to ensure that users identity attributes and access control policies cannot be modified by a malicious user, while Intel SGX protects the integrity and confidentiality of the policy enforcement process. We present the access control protocol, the system architecture and discuss future extensions.

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Accepted/In Press date: 17 March 2017
Venue - Dates: IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing, Atlanta, United States, 2017-06-05 - 2017-06-08
Keywords: blockchain , access control , cloud federation, anonymous identities
Organisations: Agents, Interactions & Complexity, Electronic & Software Systems


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ORCID for Shorouq Alansari: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 04 Apr 2017 01:03
Last modified: 13 Sep 2017 16:31

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Author: Federica Paci
Author: Vladimiro Sassone

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