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The EU Horizon 2020 PRISMACLOUD - PRIvacy and Security MAintaining services in the CLOUD - research project is dedicated to enabling secure and trustworthy cloud-based services by improving and adopting novel tools from cryptographic research. The project brings novel cryptographic concepts and methods to practical application to improve the security and privacy of cloud based services and make them usable for providers and users. The main idea and ambition of PRISMACLOUD is to enable end-to-end security for cloud users and provide tools to protect their privacy with the best technical means possible - by cryptography.

Cloud computing is seen as a major growth area in ICT but the practical adoption of cloud computing technologies may be greatly hindered by inadequate security and privacy protection. Some fundamental properties of (public) cloud computing, such as being an open platform, its anytime and anywhere accessibility, as well as the intrinsic multi-tenancy, introduce new security threats, leading to tremendous risk for personal and sensitive data. Studies from the EU Agency for Network and Information security (ENISA) show that security and privacy concerns represent major stumbling blocks for cloud adoption within European industry.

The need to protect the security and privacy of the data in the cloud is therefore a critical issue. The strongest level of protection can be achieved through cryptography. However, although many recent advances in cryptography have yielded promising tools for cloud computing, far more work is required to transform theoretical techniques into practical solutions for the cloud. PRISMACLOUD is contributing to this transformation by developing tools that allow the next generation of cryptographically secured cloud services to be built with security and privacy incorporated by design and from end to end.

The PRISMACLOUD project has been running since February 2015 and is a 42 month project that receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under grant agreement No 644962. The project is coordinated by AIT and its consortium consists of 16 partners from academia and industry from nine different countries.

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