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In the fall of 2010, Trusted Computing Group announced the Trusted Multi-tenant Infrastructure (TMI) Work Group to address cloud computing security and the role of trust in that security. Last week, the work group released the first in a series of use cases (http://www.trustedcomputinggroup.org/developers/trusted_multitenant_infrastructure) and plans to deliver a reference framework later in 2011. With so much hype and confusion around the topic of cloud computing, we thought it might be useful to ask the co-chairs - Michael Donovan, HP, and Erik Visnyak, BAE Systems - of the TMI Work Group a few questions about their group's efforts. Q. What role does Trusted Computing Group have in helping secure cloud services? Michael Donovan & Erik Visnyak: Securing the cloud is a multidisciplinary challenge, as cloud computing can be thought of as a different way to deliver ... (more)

The Role of Trusted Infrastructure in Application Deployment

While there is much talk about how to secure data and systems in cloud computing, many gaps remain in implementing such security. As users of any physical security systems can attest, it just takes one unsecured door or window to provide easy access to an intruder and loss of valued property. Of course with data in the cloud, the situation is much worse. Cloud users can have their data stolen by more than one intruder. And, the cost of a security breach can easily run into the millions of dollars range - far more than most thieves could steal in hardware. The root problem of clo... (more)