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Joe Blogg’s Hacking Supercomputer: A discussion on how the inexpensive and pervasive availability of Cloud Computing to the Common Man is forcing the metamorphosis of Information Systems Security

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Abhishek A Sanyal

Information Systems and Innovation Group, Department of Management, London School of Economics and Political Science, GB
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MSc Analysis, Design and Management of Information Systems (2010/11)
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Abstract

The inexpensive and pervasive availability of Cloud Computing to the Common Man is leading to an increase in malicious attacks such as SIP Brute Force Attacks on Wireless Encrypted Networks, also widely known as Mechanism Cracking. In such attacks, the Common Man has the ability to harness the power of Cloud Computing equivalent to a Supercomputer, at a fraction of the cost and with added nefarious benefits. In this paper, the metamorphosis of the field of Information Systems Security (ISS) due to this specific type of cloud-based mechanism-compromising attack is explored. Siponen’s proposed model built upon interactions amongst ISS research communities is taken as the Conceptual Model throughout the study undertaken in this paper so as to maintain a single theoretical lens even while making use of multi-dimensional views of the same problem. ISACA’s Business Model for Information Security is utilized for Causal Analysis to arrive at potential causes, and Backhouse’s Structures of Responsibility (as a part of Responsibility Modeling from Siponen’s proposed model) is adopted as a specific ISS approach to explore potential Mitigating Measures. The paper is careful to only descriptively discuss potential causes and mitigations, and not concretely prescribe them. It is envisaged that the paper will give further impetus to research in the domain of ISS related to cloud-based mechanism-compromising attacks, especially in the area of people-centric ISS with a focus on the definition and interaction of roles and responsibilities of organizational actors.

How to Cite: Sanyal, A.A., 2012. Joe Blogg’s Hacking Supercomputer: A discussion on how the inexpensive and pervasive availability of Cloud Computing to the Common Man is forcing the metamorphosis of Information Systems Security. iSCHANNEL, 7(1), pp.5–12.
Published on 01 Sep 2012.
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