Chapter 9

Cloud Security

Security has been a concern since the early days of computing, when a computer was isolated in a room and a threat could be posed only by malicious insiders. The Pandora’s box1 of threats opened wide once computers were able to communicate with one another. In an interconnected world, various embodiments of malware can migrate easily from one system to another, cross national borders, and infect systems all over the globe.

The security of computing and communication systems takes on a new urgency as society becomes increasingly dependent on the information infrastructure. Nowadays, even the critical infrastructure of a nation can be attacked by exploiting flaws in computer security. Malware, such as the Stuxnet virus, ...

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