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Blockchain-based database to ensure data integrity in cloud computing environments

Blockchain-based database to ensure data integrity in cloud computing environments
Blockchain-based database to ensure data integrity in cloud computing environments
Data is nowadays an invaluable resource, indeed it guides all business decisions in most of the computer-aided human activities. Threats to data integrity are thus of paramount relevance, as tampering with data may maliciously affect crucial business decisions. This issue is especially true in cloud computing environments, where data owners cannot control fundamental data aspects, like the physical storage of data and the control of its accesses. Blockchain has recently emerged as a fascinating technology which, among others, provides compelling properties about data integrity. Using the blockchain to face data integrity threats seems to be a natural choice, but its current limitations of low throughput, high latency, and weak stability hinder the practical feasibility of any blockchain-based solutions.

In this paper, by focusing on a case study from the European SUNFISH project, which concerns the design of a secure by-design cloud federation platform for the public sector, we precisely delineate the actual data integrity needs of cloud computing environments and the research questions to be tackled to adopt blockchain-based databases. First, we detail the open research questions and the difficulties inherent in addressing them. Then, we outline a preliminary design of an effective blockchain-based database for cloud computing environments.
Gaetani, Edoardo
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Aniello, Leonardo
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Baldoni, Roberto
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Lombardi, Federico
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Margheri, Andrea
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Sassone, Vladimiro
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Baldoni, Roberto
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Gaetani, Edoardo, Aniello, Leonardo, Baldoni, Roberto, Lombardi, Federico, Margheri, Andrea and Sassone, Vladimiro (2017) Blockchain-based database to ensure data integrity in cloud computing environments. Italian Conference on Cybersecurity, Venice, Italy. 17 - 20 Jan 2017. 10 pp .

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Abstract

Data is nowadays an invaluable resource, indeed it guides all business decisions in most of the computer-aided human activities. Threats to data integrity are thus of paramount relevance, as tampering with data may maliciously affect crucial business decisions. This issue is especially true in cloud computing environments, where data owners cannot control fundamental data aspects, like the physical storage of data and the control of its accesses. Blockchain has recently emerged as a fascinating technology which, among others, provides compelling properties about data integrity. Using the blockchain to face data integrity threats seems to be a natural choice, but its current limitations of low throughput, high latency, and weak stability hinder the practical feasibility of any blockchain-based solutions.

In this paper, by focusing on a case study from the European SUNFISH project, which concerns the design of a secure by-design cloud federation platform for the public sector, we precisely delineate the actual data integrity needs of cloud computing environments and the research questions to be tackled to adopt blockchain-based databases. First, we detail the open research questions and the difficulties inherent in addressing them. Then, we outline a preliminary design of an effective blockchain-based database for cloud computing environments.

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Accepted/In Press date: 1 December 2016
Published date: January 2017
Venue - Dates: Italian Conference on Cybersecurity, Venice, Italy, 2017-01-17 - 2017-01-20
Organisations: Cyber Security

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Local EPrints ID: 411996
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/411996
PURE UUID: 21cb5856-3456-4120-b91b-54cf875ea0c4
ORCID for Federico Lombardi: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6463-8722
ORCID for Andrea Margheri: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5048-8070

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Date deposited: 04 Jul 2017 16:31
Last modified: 19 Nov 2019 01:25

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