Prof. Marcos A. Rodrigues

Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

Prof. Marcos A. Rodrigues

Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

Biography

Marcos Rodrigues has published 200 research articles in international journals, conference proceedings and book chapters, and been awarded over 20 research grants and contracts from UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Life Sciences Interface (LSI), UK Medical Research Council (MRC), Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), European Union, industry and charity mainly on the subjects of robotics and AI, advanced modelling, 3D imaging, machine learning and pattern recognition.

He is the Head of GMPR-Geometric Modelling and Pattern Recognition Research, and Chair of the Faculty Research Ethics Committee at Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield. His research is focused on pattern recognition and sensor design for a wide variety of applications ranging from robotics and automation, medical engineering, security, games and animation. Marcos has also developed and been awarded several patents on world-leading technologies for fast 3D acquisition and reconstruction, and on data compression. His current research includes security issues in cloud computing through data compression-encryption methods.

ABSTRACT

Secure Cloud Access by Design

Edward Snowden’s revelations were a political fiasco and an economic threat to US based tech companies. The extent of NSA’s data collection drove away overseas customers in large numbers over security and privacy concerns creating, at the same time, an opportunity for non-US tech companies. Given that cloud computing is a remotely accessed service, the connection between provider and customer needs to be adequately protected against all known security risks. In order to ensure this, an open and clear specification of all standards, technologies and security protocols adopted by the cloud provider is required. In this presentation, we will review current issues concerned with security threats to cloud computing and present a solution based on our unique patented compression-encryption method. The method provides highly efficient data compression where a unique symmetric key is generated as part of the compression process and is dependent on the characteristics of the data. Without the key, the data cannot be decompressed. We focus on threat prevention by cryptography that, if properly implemented, is virtually impossible to break directly. Our security by design is based on two principles: first, defence in depth, where our proposed design is such that more than one subsystem needs to be violated to get both the data and their key. Second, the principle of least privilege, where the attacker may gain access to only part of a system. The presentation will highlight the benefits of the solution that include performance, less bandwidth requirements, faster data transmission and response times, less storage space, and less energy consumption among others. Data protection and privacy legislations are not similar across the globe. Our solution addresses security and privacy issues to the highest standards, addressing concerns when cloud computing platforms are located in servers either inside or outside the European Union.