SLA-Based Cloud Security Monitoring: Challenges, Barriers, Models and Methods

  • Dana Petcu
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8805)


Despite the tremendous efforts in cloud computing to overcome its main adoption barriers, like security concerns or quality of service guarantees, there is currently no commercial product or research prototype of a SLA-based cloud security monitoring system. This paper investigates the main challenges and barriers in designing a SLA-based cloud security monitoring system and the models and methods that can be used in its development.


cloud computing monitoring service level security 


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  • Dana Petcu
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  1. 1.West University of TimişoaraRomania

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