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Cloudstrike: Chaos Engineering for Security and Resiliency in Cloud Infrastructure
  • Kennedy Torkura
Kennedy Torkura
Hasso Plattner Institute

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Most cyber-attacks and data breaches in cloud
infrastructure are due to human errors and misconfiguration
vulnerabilities. Cloud customer-centric tools are lacking, and existing
security models do not efficiently tackle these security challenges.
Novel security mechanisms are imperative, therefore, we
propose Risk-driven Fault Injection (RDFI) techniques to tackle
these challenges. RDFI applies the principles of chaos engineering
to cloud security and leverages feedback loops to execute, monitor,
analyze and plan security fault injection campaigns, based on
a knowledge-base. The knowledge-base consists of fault models
designed from cloud security best practices and observations
derived during iterative fault injection campaigns. Furthermore,
the observations indicate security weaknesses and verify the
correctness of security attributes (integrity, confidentiality and
availability) and security controls. Ultimately this knowledge is
critical in guiding security hardening efforts and risk analysis.
We have designed and implemented the RDFI strategies including
various chaos algorithms as a software tool: CloudStrike. Furthermore,
CloudStrike has been evaluated against infrastructure
deployed on two major public cloud systems: Amazon Web Service
and Google Cloud Platform. The time performance linearly
increases, proportional to increasing attack rates. Similarly, CPU
and memory consumption rates are acceptable. Also, the analysis
of vulnerabilities detected via security fault injection has been
used to harden the security of cloud resources to demonstrate the
value of CloudStrike. Therefore, we opine that our approaches
are suitable for overcoming contemporary cloud security issues
2020Published in IEEE Access volume 8 on pages 123044-123060. 10.1109/ACCESS.2020.3007338