Provably Secure Cloud Storage Technologies for Big User Data (PhD Scholarship)

Provably Secure Cloud Storage Technologies for Big User Data

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Project ID: CMU-UNX
Annual Stipend: £14,300 p.a.
Application Deadline: 9th March 2018

Project Team:

Dr. Chaminda Hewage (Academic Lead Supervisor)

Dr. Ambikesh Jayal (Academic Supervisor)

Mr. Ian Drury (Lead Company Supervisor)

Mr. Allan Hagan (Company Supervisor)

Project Outline:

This project will investigate different technologies for secure data storage in the cloud. This is a key challenge for essentially every business in every economic sector, both public and private. As more data is moving to the cloud, security, accessibility and usability becomes a key issue. This work addresses some of these challenges, building upon Ultranyx’s expertise in this space, as well as applying these research innovations into new products and services.  Thus, the adaptation of the Zero Storage Platform (ZSP) algorithm to secure cloud data will be the primary focus of this KESS 2 doctoral research project.

The research entails developing their novel Zero Storage Platform (ZSP) algorithm which supports safe storage and recovery of sensitive data in the cloud using disaggregation and orchestration techniques within a multi cloud environment. The algorithm’s storage technique will also minimise the impact of a data breach from any of the cloud stores. A component of the work will be to ensure the algorithm is optimally tuned for current and future cloud storage use-cases, supporting non-functional requirements for differing transactional workloads. The research will also focus on using the developed algorithm in the areas of securing and managing data for use with Internet of Things devices, media data and blockchain use cases for open auditability and transparency.

Application Deadline:   9h March 2018

Proposed work as detailed below:

Work Package (WP) 1: Conduct a literature review of existing literature reporting on different technologies for secure data storage in the cloud.

WP2: The investigation and adaptation of the Zero Storage Platform (ZSP) algorithm to secure cloud data. Both symmetric and asymmetric distribution under different context settings will be investigated.

WP3: Design and develop algorithm to enable rebalancing across cloud stores. This will enable users to manage the number of participating cloud storage providers that they utilise, increasing security and reliability. If an additional cloud store is added, the information spread around the previous set will be transparently re-distributed to achieve the same level of security and resilience.

WP4: Design and develop algorithms in the areas of securing and managing data for use with Internet of Things (IoT) devices, media data and blockchain use cases for open auditability and transparency.

WP5: Thesis write-up

The scholarship offers all eligible participants (student):

  • KESS PhD Scholarship holders do not pay fees;
  • A monthly stipend in line with RCUK rates: 3 years of funding @ £14,300 per year for PhD
  • An additional budget to support your research of £3,000 for travel, conference attendance, minor equipment, consumables and training
  • An opportunity to access a suite of higher level skills training & attendance at a residential KESS Grad School
  • A minimum of 30 days a year working with the company partner on their allocated project
  • Students must complete & submit their thesis within 3.5 years for PhD
  • All participants must complete the KESS Postgraduate Skills Development Award

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants should have UK or EU Citizenship, and be resident in the convergence area of Wales on appointment (or be studying in or working in the convergence area immediately prior to starting the project), and should have the right to work in the region on qualification. Residence confirmed by providing documents such as driver’s licence, tenancy agreement or recent statement from bank or building society.

The map for the eligible can be​ found here​.  NB: The map also illustrates other assisted areas in the UK, however only the West Wales and the Valleys (in blue/grey:  noted as ‘a’ areas) is eligible in this project.

To obtain an application form (Participant Application Form) and for further information regarding KESS 2 at Cardiff Metropolitan, Please click here

To apply, please submit completed application form to Dr. Chaminda Hewage to Email: chewage@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Interviews for this post will take place towards the end of March, with a proposed commencement date of 16th April 2018.

Funding Notes:

Supported by Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships 2 (KESS2) which is an All Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.