Cloud computing environments offer opportunities for malicious users to penetrate security layers and damage, destroy or steal data. This ability can be exploited to study and detect how this is done, and build algorithms to better protect cloud computing environments. This project used an autonomous micro-modular mobile data center as a test-platform for an "infrastructure-as-a-service" cloud computing solution at the National Center for Critical Information Processing and Storage (NCCIPS). A Relocatable Adaptive Suspension Equipment Rack (R.A.S.E.R DX), on loan from Elliptical Mobile Solutions, was used as a demonstration project to study trends, activities and vulnerabilities in cloud computing environments.
Cloud computing security penetration testing and anomaly detection defense studies were conducted to assess the adequacy of cloud computing security. Since cloud computing involves data distributed over wide areas and multiple devices being shared by unrelated users, the security challenges become increasingly complex. Additionally, with the advent of cyber warfare as a threat, protecting data from theft or alteration does not in itself neutralize the threat, as the adversary also seeks to disrupt critical infrastructure and services such as penetration into data center server networks, and automated security access control. It has therefore become increasingly important to complement security capabilities with advances in automated intelligence (AI) to recognize the plans of multiple agent threats (software or human) based on the observation of their activities. Therefore, for this project, an autonomous micro-modular mobile data center was used as a test/demonstration platform to study cloud computing security.More »
The use of cloud computing at NASA will allow the agency to improve threat security by monitoring activity of many users from different organizations. Conducting the studies and sharing results with the NASA community, utilizing data center subject matter experts at the nationally recognized NCCIPS, offers the unique opportunity to conduct an otherwise high-risk, high-cost engineering study, and leverages current NASA data center expertise and existing NCCIPS infrastructure support.More »
|Organizations Performing Work||Role||Type||Location|
|Stennis Space Center (SSC)||Lead Organization||NASA Center||Stennis Space Center, Mississippi|
|National Center for Critical Information Processing and Storage (NCCIPS)||Supporting Organization||US Government||Stennis Space Center, Mississippi|
|Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)||Supporting Organization||Industry||Boulder, Colorado|
|University of Southern Mississippi||Supporting Organization||Academia||Hattiesburg, Mississippi|