Physical attack protection with human-secure virtualization in data centers

Jakub Szefer, Pramod Jamkhedkar, Yu Yuan Chen, Ruby Bei-Loh Lee

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Abstract

Cloud computing-based data centers, which hold a large amount of customer data, are vulnerable to physical attacks and insider threats. Current protection and defense mechanisms for security of data held in data centers are either completely physical (sensors, barriers, etc.) or completely cyber (firewalls, encryption, etc.). In this paper we propose a novel cyber-physical security defense for cloud computing-based data centers against physical attacks. In our system, physical sensors detect an impending physical/human attack which triggers cyber defenses to protect or mitigate the attack. The key to the cyber defenses is that in cloud computing data centers the data is loosely coupled with the underlying physical hardware, and can be moved/migrated to other physical hardware in the presence of an attack. In this paper we propose a model for coupling such cyber defenses with physical attack-detection sensors. We further describe a preliminary architecture for building such a system with today's cloud computing infrastructure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2012 IEEE/IFIP 42nd International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks Workshops, DSN-W 2012
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
Event2012 IEEE/IFIP 42nd International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks Workshops, DSN-W 2012 - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Jun 25 2012Jun 28 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks

Other

Other2012 IEEE/IFIP 42nd International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks Workshops, DSN-W 2012
CountryUnited States
CityBoston, MA
Period6/25/126/28/12

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications

Keywords

  • data center
  • moving target defense
  • physical attacks

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    Szefer, J., Jamkhedkar, P., Chen, Y. Y., & Lee, R. B-L. (2012). Physical attack protection with human-secure virtualization in data centers. In 2012 IEEE/IFIP 42nd International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks Workshops, DSN-W 2012 [6264664] (Proceedings of the International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks). https://doi.org/10.1109/DSNW.2012.6264664