Trust mechanisms for cloud computing

Jingwei Huang, David M. Nicol

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Trust is a critical factor in cloud computing; in present practice it depends largely on perception of reputation, and self assessment by providers of cloud services. We begin this paper with a survey of existing mechanisms for establishing trust, and comment on their limitations. We then address those limitations by proposing more rigorous mechanisms based on evidence, attribute certification, and validation, and conclude by suggesting a framework for integrating various trust mechanisms together to reveal chains of trust in the cloud.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number9
JournalJournal of Cloud Computing
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2013


  • Attribute certification
  • Cloud audit
  • Cloud computing
  • Evidence-based trust
  • Formal accreditation
  • Policy-based trust
  • QoS
  • Reputation
  • SLA
  • Transparency-based trust
  • Trust
  • Trust mechanisms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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