LONDON, March 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
OnApp, the leading cloud platform provider for hosts, telcos and MSPs, has announced that it is working as part of SHARCS (Secure Hardware-Software Architectures for Robust Computing Systems). SHARCS is a three-year, EU-funded research project to improve security for 'Cyber Physical Systems' - the rapidly-developing class of products and services that sense and control the physical environment, such as Smart Cars, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and the Internet of Things, especially in medicine.
Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) use a blend of embedded devices, traditional computing systems and a variety of communication channels. Society's increasing reliance on these systems necessitates revisiting the security stack, to ensure that CPS-based devices and services benefit from lessons learned as part of the cyber-security battles of the last decades. To address the pervasive security problems with CPS, the SHARCS project will create new secure-by-design system architectures that improve security for end users, by pushing security down the system stack from software to hardware.
SHARCS involves a consortium of experts in security systems research, and application partners specializing in medical implants, transportation and cloud platform security. The SHARCS project is led by the Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH), and includes partners OnApp, the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Chalmers University of Technology, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Neurasmus BV, IBM Haifa Research Lab, and Elektrobit Automotive GmbH.
OnApp provides the SHARCS consortium with expertise in the cloud domain. Security has been widely cited as one of the main reasons that enterprises and commercial organisations have not moved more of their IT infrastructure to the cloud. By exposing better security primitives and improving the security of the platform through collaboration with experts in the security field, OnApp intends to improve the security of end-users that deploy workloads on its OnApp Cloud and OnApp Storage platforms.
Other challenges addressed by the SHARCS project include: how to implement the new security functionality, how to improve the security of applications that cannot be recompiled with SHARCS compilers, and how to handle the interactions between trusted and un-trusted applications. SHARCS also investigates how to keep the application running if there has been a security event and make security accessible for developers and users of the platform.
Please visit http://www.sharcs-project.eu/
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