Publication and Protection of Sensitive Site Information in a Grid Infrastructure

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In order to create a successful grid infrastructure, sites and resource providers must be able to publish information about their underlying resources and services. This information makes it easier for users and virtual organizations to make intelligent decisions about resource selection and scheduling, and can be used by the grid infrastructure for accounting and troubleshooting services. However, such an outbound stream may include data deemed sensitive by a resource-providing site, exposing potential security vulnerabilities or private user information to the world at large, including malicious entities. This study analyzes the various vectors of information being published from sites to grid ... continued below

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Cholia, Shreyas; Cholia, Shreyas & Porter, R. Jefferson March 31, 2008.

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In order to create a successful grid infrastructure, sites and resource providers must be able to publish information about their underlying resources and services. This information makes it easier for users and virtual organizations to make intelligent decisions about resource selection and scheduling, and can be used by the grid infrastructure for accounting and troubleshooting services. However, such an outbound stream may include data deemed sensitive by a resource-providing site, exposing potential security vulnerabilities or private user information to the world at large, including malicious entities. This study analyzes the various vectors of information being published from sites to grid infrastructures. In particular, it examines the data being published to, and collected by the Open Science Grid, including resource selection, monitoring, accounting, troubleshooting, logging and site verification data. We analyze the risks and potential threat models posed by the publication and collection of such data. We also offer some recommendations and best practices for sites and grid infrastructures to manage and protect sensitive data.

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  • The First Workshop on Security, Trust and Privacy in Grid Environments at the 8th IEEE International Symposium on Cluster Computing and the Grid, Lyon, France, 05/19-22/2008

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  • Report No.: LBNL-660E
  • Grant Number: DE-AC02-05CH11231
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 934956
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc897322

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Cholia, Shreyas; Cholia, Shreyas & Porter, R. Jefferson. Publication and Protection of Sensitive Site Information in a Grid Infrastructure, article, March 31, 2008; Berkeley, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc897322/: accessed April 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.