Trust in the Cloud: exposing hardware roots of trust to improve cloud security

Trust in the Cloud: exposing hardware roots of trust to improve cloud security
Trust in the Cloud: exposing hardware roots of trust to improve cloud security

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Adjunct Professor Andrew Martin

Abstract: An important challenge when deploying a service in the cloud how to ensure that the service is unchanged from the developer's design, and that no additional services or drivers intervene to steal results or input data. We have addressed this issue through several generations of design and implementation, using hardware-rooted trust technologies such as TPMs. This talk will chart the progress of that story, incorporating our proof-of-concept myTrustedCloud, and current work in building a demonstrator implementation at scale.

Short Bio: Professor Andrew Martin undertakes research and teaching in the area of Systems Security, in the University of Oxford. He was instrumental in setting up the University's Cyber Security Network and helps to lead it, heading Oxford's EPSRC/GCHQ-recognised Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research. He directs the Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security, which admits 16 students each year for inter-disciplinary education and research. Prof Andrew Martin has recently joined the Institute for Integrated and Intelligent Systems, Griffith University as an Adjunct Professor. He is the Co-Investigator for UK-Singapore joint cyber security project on “Smart Grid Security and Privacy” (with Prof. Jin-Song Dong).
His recent research focus has been on the technologies of Trusted Computing, exploring how they can be applied in large-scale distributed systems, particularly cloud computing, mobile devices, and the internet of things. He has published extensively in this area, hosting several related international events in Oxford and speaking on the subject all over the world.
Andrew wrote a doctoral thesis on the subject 'Machine-Assisted Theorem Proving for Software Engineering', in the early 1990s. He then worked as a Research Fellow in the Software Verification Research Centre at the University of Queensland, Australia. Returning to the UK, he was briefly a lecturer at the University of Southampton, before returning to Oxford to take up his present post in 1999. Dr Martin is a fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford, and a Trustee of Bletchley Park..
Andrew is presently the supervisor for seven doctoral students, and holds several research grants.

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