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A Framework for Enabling Trust Requirements in Social Cloud Applications

Research Area: Uncategorized Year: 2013
Type of Publication: Article Keywords: architecture, framework, social cloud, Trust and reputation requirements
  • Moyano, Francisco
  • Fernandez-Gago, Carmen
  • Lopez, Javier
Journal: Requirements Engineering Volume: 18
Pages: 321-341
Month: Nov 2013
ISSN: 0947-3602
Journal's impact factor: 1.054
partner: UMA; projects: NESSoS, FISICCO; citations:0
Cloud applications entail the provision of a huge amount of heterogeneous, geographically-distributed resources managed and shared by many different stakeholders who often do not know each other beforehand. This raises numerous security concerns that, if not addressed carefully, might hinder the adoption of this promising computational model. Appropriately dealing with these threats gains special relevance in the social cloud context, where computational resources are provided by the users themselves. We argue that taking trust and reputation requirements into account can leverage security in these scenarios by incorporating the notions of trust relationships and reputation into them. For this reason, we propose a development framework onto which developers can implement trust-aware social cloud applications. Developers can also adapt the framework in order to accommodate their application-specific needs.