Date :  Thursday, March 20, 2014
Time :  1:00 - 2:00
Location :  Nguyen Engineering Building, Room 5117

Exploring New Security Vulnerabilities inside the Cloud

Professor Haining Wang
Department of Computer Science
The College of William and Mary

As a new paradigm of "pay-as-you-go", cloud computing has been widely used for providing low-cost, 
scalable, and utility-based IT services to end-users. In general, a public/private cloud consists of multiple 
large-scale data centers and each data center contains hundreds of thousands of virtualized servers. 
Thus, data center and virtualization are the two fundamental underpinnings beneath the cloud, in which
data centers provide the physical computing infrastructure for accommodating servers while 
virtualization is the key technique for hosting computing services. In this talk, we explore the new 
security vulnerabilities from the virtualization and data center perspectives, respectively. In particular, 
we investigate data exfiltration in a virtualized system and energy vulnerability inside a data center. 
We will introduce new security attacks, demonstrate their feasibilities and damages, and discuss 
potential countermeasures.  

Bio:    Haining Wang is the Wilson and Martha Stephens Distinguished Associate Professor  of Computer
Science at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg VA, USA. He received his Ph.D. in Computer 
Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 2003 and joined the College 
of William and Mary since then. His research interests lie in the areas of security, networking systems, 
and cloud computing. He is a senior member of IEEE.

**Point of contact:  Prof Sushil Jajodia [log in to unmask]