Metrics for Accountability in the Cloud

  • Carmen Fernández-GagoEmail author
  • David Nuñez
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8937)


Accountability in the Cloud is a key concept that is determined by the accountability attributes. For assessing how accountable an organisation is we should be able to assess or provide techniques for measuring the attributes that influence on accountability. How much or to what extent they should be measured is a key issue. One of the goals of the A4Cloud project is, therefore, to develop a collection of metrics for performing meaningful measures on the attributes that influence accountability. This paper sets up the foundations towards the elicitation of metrics for accountability attributes. We describe here a metamodel for metrics for accountability attributes, which constitutes the basis for the process of elicitation of metrics for accountability. This metamodel is intended to serve as a language for describing accountability attributes and sub-attributes and for identifying the elements involved in their evaluation. One of the key components of the metamodel is the type of evidence the attribute use.


Cloud Provider Remediation Action Transparency Process Responsibility Principal Contextual Input 
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This work has been partially funded by the European Commission through the FP7/2007–2013 project A4Cloud under grant agreement number 317550. The first author is funded by a FPI fellowship from the Junta de Andalucía through the project PISCIS (P10-TIC-06334).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Network, Information and Computer Security LabUniversity of MalagaMalagaSpain

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