Advanced Personnel Vetting Techniques in Critical Multi-Tennant Hosted Computing Environments

Farhan Hyder, Wolfgang Slany
2013 International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications  
The emergence of cloud computing presents a strategic direction for critical infrastructures and promises to have far-reaching effects on their systems and networks to deliver better outcomes to the nations at a lower cost. However, when considering cloud computing, government entities must address a host of security issues (such as malicious insiders) beyond those of service cost and flexibility. The scope and objective of this paper is to analyze, evaluate and investigate the insider threat
more » ... cloud security in sensitive infrastructures as well as to propose two proactive socio-technical solutions for securing commercial and governmental cloud infrastructures. Firstly, it proposes actionable framework, techniques and practices in order to ensure that such disruptions through human threats are infrequent, of minimal duration, manageable, and cause the least damage possible. Secondly, it aims for extreme security measures to analyze and evaluate human threats related assessment methods for employee screening in certain high-risk situations using cognitive analysis technology, in particular functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). The significance of this research is also to counter human rights and ethical dilemmas by presenting a set of ethical and professional guidelines. The main objective of this work is to analyze related risks, identify countermeasures and present recommendations to develop a security awareness culture that will allow cloud providers to utilize effectively the benefits of this advanced techniques without sacrificing system security.
doi:10.14569/ijacsa.2013.040502 fatcat:lwe2otxx3jh2zk6ly7hicozgpa