Cloud Security: Implementing Biometrics to Help Secure the Cloud

Cloud Security: Implementing Biometrics to Help Secure the Cloud

Natasha Csicsmann (Pennsylvania State University – Altoona, USA), Victoria McIntyre (Pennsylvania State University – Altoona, USA), Patrick Shea (Pennsylvania State University – Altoona, USA) and Syed S. Rizvi (Pennsylvania State University – Altoona, USA)
Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 16
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0983-7.ch062


Strong authentication and encryption schemes help cloud stakeholders in performing the robust and accurate cloud auditing of a potential service provider. All security-related issues and challenges, therefore, need to be addressed before a ubiquitous adoption of cloud computing. In this chapter, the authors provide an overview of existing biometrics-based security technologies and discuss some of the open research issues that need to be addressed for making biometric technology an effective tool for cloud computing security. Finally, this chapter provides a performance analysis on the use of large-scale biometrics-based authentication systems for different cloud computing platforms.
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Problem Identification

There are many concerns associated with cloud computing (Almorsy, Grundy & Ibrahim, 2011). One of the major issues is that the cloud users are not familiar with what the cloud actually is, leaving them making irrational decisions when choosing a service provider. Because the cloud is fairly new, there are several vulnerabilities and faults associated with the system. Large amounts of sensitive data, from PIN numbers to passwords, are submitted across the cloud. Therefore, there must be a solution to increase the security for cloud computing while minimizing the number of vulnerabilities and threats that the cloud currently faces (Hutchings, Smith & James 2013).

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