A4Cloud Project

Introduction to the A4Cloud Project

The Cloud Accountability Project (or A4Cloud for short) focuses on the Accountability For Cloud and Other Future Internet Services as the most critical prerequisite for effective governance and control of corporate and private data processed by cloud-based IT services. The research being conducted in the project will increase trust in cloud computing by devising methods and tools, through which cloud stakeholders can be made accountable for the privacy and confidentiality of information held in the cloud. These methods and tools will combine risk analysis, policy enforcement, monitoring and compliance auditing. They will contribute to the governance of cloud activities, providing transparency and assisting legal, regulatory and socio-economic policy enforcement.

Objectives

The research being conducted in the project will increase trust in cloud computing by devising methods and tools, through which cloud stakeholders can be made accountable for the privacy and confidentiality of information held in the cloud.

A4Cloud Objectives

Funding Scheme

A4Cloud is an EU FP7 project.

Duration

The A4Cloud project will run from Oct 2012 – Mar 2016.

Consortium Composition

For information about the A4Cloud Project partners, click here.

A4Cloud Project Deliverables

The A4Cloud project will increase trust in cloud computing by devising methods and tools, through which cloud stakeholders can be made accountable for the privacy and confidentiality of information held in the cloud. These methods and tools will combine risk analysis, policy enforcement, monitoring and compliance auditing. They will contribute to the governance of cloud activities, providing transparency and assisting legal, regulatory and socio-economic policy enforcement.

For more information about the A4Cloud deliverables, click here.

Cloud Security Alliance Role in A4Cloud Project

  • CSA leads work on contribution to standards and interoperability of the A4Cloud framework.
  • Participate in (i) the development of the framework, (ii) the metrics for accountability, (iii) the reference architecture and (iv) the validation activities.

A4Cloud Project News

A4CLOUD - An advanced approach to security accountability for cloud service providers

As business and personal data increasingly move to the cloud, protecting the information – and tracing responsibility for privacy leaks and breaches –become paramount. The A4CLOUD developed guidelines for security accountability. For more information please read the "A4CLOUD Result In Brief" article in CORDIS portal.

A4Cloud Poster @ Cloudscape 2016 poster session

"Accountability in the Cloud" Poster will be displayed on March 8, 2016, in Brussels, Belgium during the Cloudscape 2016 poster session in order to broadcast A4Cloud project.

A4Cloud Demo @ Cloudscape 2016

A4Cloud Demo "Supporting Accountability in Cloud Ecosystems" will be presented by Vasilis Tountopoulos (ATC) and Massimo Felici (Hewlett Packard Enterprise) on March 8, 2016, in Brussels, Belgium during the Cloudscape 2016 conference. 

A4Cloud's quick survey on accountability tools in the Cloud

The new general data protection regulation requires cloud providers and customers to be more responsible with personal and sensitive data they are storing and processing in the cloud. Yet, how to become such a responsible data steward? The EU-funded A4Cloud project has developed various mechanisms and prototype tools that aim...

A4Cloud workshop @ Cloudscape 2016

"A4Cloud Accountability for Cloud and Other Future Internet Services" Workshop will be held on March 8, 2016, from 11:45 to 12:45, in Brussels, Belgium during the Cloudscape 2016 conference. Accountability is probably the most critical prerequisite for effective governance and control of corporate and private data processed by cloud-based IT...

A4Cloud Project news at the CSP Forum Newsletter-Issue 6

CSP Forum has published a newsletter on the latest news coming from EU funded Trust & Security Research Projects. Catch up on the A4Cloud upcoming and past events! Read all about it in the sixth edition of the CSP Forum Newsletter here!

Preview of the Cloud Accountability Reference Architecture

The Cloud Accountability Reference Architecture preview is now available on our Web Site. We welcome your comments to the content of the architecture document by December 15th, 2015. Check more.

Release of the CSA Cloud Trust Protocol

Thanks to the support of the peer reviewers and contributors (including the EU projects SPECS, A4Cloud and CUMULUS), Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) are pleased to announce the release of the CSA Cloud Trust Protocol (CTP) data model and API specification. The Cloud Trust Protocol (CTP) is designed to be a...

A4Cloud @ CSA Congress EMEA: Workshop on Governance: Accountability-Compliance in the Cloud

Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) is hosting the Workshop on Governance-Accountability-Compliance in the Cloud at its upcoming EMEA Congress in Berlin. 

A4Cloud @ Annual Privacy Forum 2015

A4Cloud paper "A Data Protection Impact Assessment Methodology for Cloud" will be presented at the Annual Privacy Forum 2015, which will be held from 7th to 8th, October 2015, in Luxembourg.