Accountability for Data Governance in the Cloud

Massimo Felici
Security and Cloud Lab, Hewlett-Packard Laboratories

10:15am-11:15am, 18 February 2015
PG 2.02


Cloud computing represents a major shift in the way Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is deployed and utilised across industries. Alongside the technological developments, organisations need to adapt to emerging operational needs associated with data governance, policy and responsibility, as well as compliance with regulatory regimes that may be multi-jurisdictional in nature. This lecture is concerned with data governance in cloud ecosystems. It characterises the problem of data governance due to emerging challenges (and threats) in the cloud. It advocates an accountability-based approach for data stewardship. It defines accountability and introduces a model consisting of attributes, practices and mechanisms. The accountability model underpins an accountability framework supporting data governance. This lecture also discusses emerging relationships between accountability, risk and trust. The overall objective of the proposed accountability-based approach to data governance is to support a transparent and trustworthy cloud.


Dr. Massimo Felici is a research engineer at the Security and Cloud Lab of the Hewlett-Packard Laboratories. He holds a PhD in Informatics from the University of Edinburgh. His research is concerned with accountability, dependability, risk and trust. He is currently involved in two European projects: the Cloud Accountability Project (A4Cloud) and the Security and Trust Coordination and Enhanced Collaboration (SecCord). Previously, he was a teaching and research fellow in software engineering at the School of Informatics of the University of Edinburgh, and worked as independent research consultant for an Italian SME. He supports the European Commission as independent expert for the review of ongoing research projects. He is currently co-editing a special issue of the IEEE Security & Privacy magazine on the economics of cybersecurity.

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