The goal of ESCUDO-CLOUD is to empower data owners as first class citizens of the cloud. ESCUDO-CLOUD provides effective and deployable solutions allowing data owners to maintain control over their data when relying on Cloud Service Providers for data storage, processing, and management. 

The practical objectives that ESCUDO-CLOUD will pursue to guarantee reaching the overall goal of empowering data owners with control can be summarised as follows. 

  • Objective 1: Support a rich set of requirements and scenarios, reaching out to a large community of CSPs and users, considering requirements from large storage and service providers, as well as from small companies and of course data owners, producing comprehensive solutions with actual deployment in real operational environments.

  • Objective 2: Provide techniques ensuring self-protection of data, considering different aspects such as: protection of data at rest, key-management solutions, efficient and effective private data retrieval, and considering a variety of threats under which the proposed techniques will be verified.

  • Objective 3: Provide techniques for enabling secure and private information sharing in the cloud, considering enforcement of access restrictions demanded by data owners, ensuring integrity of data in presence of multiple writers, supporting queries involving data from different owners.

  • Objective 4: Provide techniques for operating in complex multi cloud and federated cloud environments, offering security metrics and solutions allowing owners to reason about and assess trust in different providers, leveraging multiple providers for security, and operating in federated environments characterised by the presence of multiple CSPs.

  • Objective 5: Provide effective exploitation in real operational environments, enabling effective realisation of data ownership in the cloud and actual impact.