Cloudy, Without a Chance of Data Loss

26 Apr
Monday, 04/26/2010 7:00am to 8:00am

Kevin Bowers
RSA Laboratories

Computer Science Building, Room 203

Faculty Host: Kevin Fu

Cloud storage promises to provide consumers with cheap storage that can be accessed at any time, from anywhere. The appeal of such a system is easy to understand, as too is the fear people have of outsourcing the storage of valuable data. Recent failures and loss of data by cloud storage providers has done little to ease these fears.

Fear is often a product of the unknown. In this talk we present several newly developed techniques that give the consumer better insight into the cloud, as well as ways to leverage this insight to ensure fault tolerance. Given the right tools, the benefits of cloud storage can be achieved, without a chance of data loss.


Kevin Bowers is a researcher with RSA Labs, based in Cambridge, MA. His work focuses mainly on cryptographic protocols and usable security, with a specific interest in cloud security. Together with his colleagues at RSA Labs, Kevin has published several papers on topics in cloud security and he continues to work on several open problems in the area.

Before joining RSA Labs, Kevin did graduate work at Carnegie Mellon University after earning bachelor's degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.