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European ­nion Funds Cloud Security Project

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The European Union is funding Trustworthy Clouds (TClouds), a research project aimed at developing a series of technical advances that will increase the security of cloud computing. TClouds will explore the legal issues involved with the privacy and security of cloud systems, says IBM Research Zurich computer scientist Christian Cachin. TClouds also will develop security standards, better privacy-protecting systems for transferring data between companies, open application programming interfaces, and secure cloud management components.

TClouds researchers will work on developing more secure and reliable cloud computing systems in two main industries. First, TClouds will look at how a public lighting network can be feasibly transferred to a cloud-based system. Then the researchers will focus on health care, testing a system that can remotely monitor and diagnose patients and store data in the cloud that can be accessed by patients, doctors, and pharmacists. The goal of the health care project is to reduce costs while preserving privacy.

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