TSSG welcome members of PASSIVE
The Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) is a participating member of PASSIVE, a two year €3.5m EU research project to investigate the security and data protection issues posed by cloud computing in e-Government. The TSSG were delighted to host the PASSIVE plenary session at the Carriganore Campus, Waterford during the week, and welcomed all European partners for the 3 day workshop.
The PASSIVE project has been designed to investigate data security and protection issues within cloud infrastructure. Working with collaborators, TSSG is looking for ways to mitigate risks so national and local governments, civic authorities and enterprises can comply with EU data and security laws.
The central idea behind PASSIVE is to allow security threats be easily specified, detected and addressed. By using a ‘policy–based approach administrators set rules that define who has access to what information. PASSIVE will provide separation of data (e.g. policing and judiciary) to reassure people that their personal data, e.g. tax returns, social security details, are securely collected, stored, and managed.
Once the team have created a secure system that enables responsible data management practices, they hope to end stories about missing memory sticks, laptops and other devices containing citizens’ personal information. In essence, PASSIVE’s goal is to provide confidence for eGovernment and EU citizens.
TSSG’s role is to keep abreast of changes and developments in virtualisation so the project employs state-of-the art technology. TSSG liaised with contacts in industry to ensure best practices are followed and to help resolve challenges during the project. TSSG were also be involved in designing and building the technology that controls and monitors the use of resources that hold sensitive data.