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ThinkMind // International Journal On Advances in Security, volume 11, numbers 3 and 4, 2018 // View article sec_v11_n34_2018_7


Will Compliance with the New EU General Data Protection Regulation Lead to Better Cloud Security?

Authors:
Bob Duncan

Keywords: EU GDPR; Compliance; Cloud computing; cloud forensic problem

Abstract:
The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect across the EU on 25th May 2018. It will certainly be the case that a great many companies will be inadequately prepared for this significant event. While a great many companies who use traditional in-house distributed systems are likely to have a hard enough job trying to comply with this new regulation, those who use any form of cloud computing face a particularly difficult additional challenge, namely the Cloud Forensic Problem. It is not enough that cloud use presents a far more challenging environment, but that the cloud forensic problem presents a far more difficult barrier to achieving compliance. This problem arises due to the fact that all computing systems are constantly under serious attack, but once an attacker gains a foothold in a cloud system and becomes an intruder, there is very little to prevent the intruder from helping themselves to any manner of data covered by the GDPR, either by viewing it, modifying it, deleting it or ex-filtrating it from the victim system. Worse, there is nothing to prevent the intruder from gaining sufficient privileges to then completely delete all trace of their incursion, possibly deleting far more records than they need to in the process. We address exactly what the requirements of EU GDPR compliance are, consider whether this can be done without resolving the Cloud Forensic Problem, and propose some approaches to mitigate this problem, and possibly the massive potential fines that could then be levied. We then consider whether the new EU GDPR will provide enough incentive for cloud users, and cloud service providers to get together to develop a much higher standard of cloud security which is both stronger than at present, and can deal with the Cloud Forensic Problem.

Pages: 254 to 263

Copyright: Copyright (c) to authors, 2018. Used with permission.

Publication date: December 30, 2018

Published in: journal

ISSN: 1942-2636

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