Chair of Mobile Business & Multilateral Security

Seminar: Privacy Analysis in Cloud Services


Basic Information
Type of Lecture: Seminar
Course: Master
Hours/Week: 2
Credit Points: 6
Language: English
Term: Winter 2022/2023
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Content of the Course


Thank you for submitting the papers and presentations. The final presentation will be on 30.06.2022. You can check the initial agenda by this link (v0.5) . Detailed agenda of the presentations will be published here by 27.06.2022.

Cloud storage services like Amazon S3, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, and Dropbox are top-rated among companies and private users. However, the fact that with such services, data is stored outside of the premises of the company/user often raises concerns about data security in terms of privacy, confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

There is an increasing tendency among the users (private or company) to find out more about how their data is being treated and preserve their privacy. To help them determine this and cover these concerns, privacy metrics should be identified and evaluated. Identifying these metrics and concerns could lead to a methodology to measure and evaluate data privacy regarding user perspectives on cloud services.
Such an evaluating and ranking algorithm could turn the public view on a service providing company and change the business plan.
This seminar aims to perform an extensive analysis of the state of the art in which privacy threats and the implementation of counter-measures will be identified and analysed.

This will be a journey for us to see what are the privacy concerns of the user dealing with the cloud services, how we can measure and evaluate the service providers, and how this may make an impact on the economic and change the market.

  • Please check the introduction slides here for more information.

Prospective topics could be selected from the list below:

  1. Literature review about the privacy standards for cloud services
  2. Privacy concerns in cloud services
  3. Privacy threats and attacks in Cloud services
  4. Privacy preserving & enhancement methods in cloud services
  5. Literature review about the privacy metrics in IT services
  6. Privacy evaluation approaches in IT services
  7. Literature review about the assurance methods for privacy threats
  8. Assurance methods for privacy threats on cloud services
  9. Economic incentives for Cloud service providers and customers
  10. Best practices for privacy in IT and cloud services (particular service)

More details about the topics will be discussed during the kick-off session before the registration. The methodologies will be talked and discussed in the group before the allocation of the topics. Students are still required to work through the methodology of their topic carefully.

The list is being updated and other related topics in the area are open to talk.

          • Parikh, Shalin, Dharmin D., Reema P., and Nishant D. (2019). Security and Privacy Issues in Cloud, Fog and Edge Computing. Procedia Computer Science (pp. 734-739)
          • Niknia, A., Correia, M., Karimpour, J. (2021, June). Secure cloud-of-clouds storage with space-efficient secret sharing. Journal of Information Security and Applications. (59)
          • Information technology — Security techniques — Guidelines for privacy impact assessment. ISO/IEC 29134. Edition 2017
          • Cloud Control Matrix (CCM). (2021), Cloud Security Alliance.
          • Ezhilarasan, E., and M. Dinakaran. (2021, April). Privacy preserving and data transpiration in multiple cloud using secure and robust data access management algorithm. Journal of Microprocessors and Microsystems. (82)
          • P. Mell, and T. Grance. 800-145. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD, (September 2011)
          • I. Wagner and D. Eckhoff, ‘‘Technical privacy metrics: A systematic survey,’’ ACM Comput. Surv., vol. 51, no. 3, pp. 1–38, Jun. 2018, doi: 10.1145/3168389.
          • SILVA P., MONTEIRO E., and SIMÕES P. (2021). Privacy in the Cloud: A Survey of Existing Solutions and Research Challenges, (IEE Access, 2021, pp. 10473-10497

Literature list is being updated...



Title Date Time Room Files
Kick-off  25.04.2022 10:00 - 18:00 RuW 2.202


Topic Submission 27.04.2022 Midnight via Email  
Topic Allocation 29.04.2022 Midnight via Email  

Intermediate check-points

(on-request appointments)

30.05.2022 14:00-16:00  TBD  
Paper Submission 20.06.2022 Midnight via Email Template
Presentation Submission 24.06.2022 Midnight via Email  
Presentations 27 and 30.06.2022 09:00 - 14:00 RuW 2.202 Agenda (v0.5)

The event is planned as a face-to-face event at the university. If more than 10 participants register and we cannot comply with the hygiene regulations for the planned rooms, we will hold the dates online. We will publish all information about the Seminar including changes of time and room on our website (current page). 

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Maximum participants:


In order to successfully pass this module, you need to write a paper (60%) and make a presentation (40%). Each partial requirement needs to be passed with a grade of 4.0 or better. 

For the paper, the formal requirements of the chair apply (use this Template).