Thermal management in large data centres: security threats and mitigation

Betty Saridou, Gueltoum Bendiab, Stavros Shiaeles, Basil Papadopoulos

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Data centres are experiencing significant growth in their scale, especially, with the ever-increasing demand for cloud and IoT services. However, this rapid growth has raised numerous security issues and vulnerabilities; new types of strategic cyber-attacks are aimed at specific physical components of data centres that keep them operating. Attacks against temperature monitoring and cooling systems of data centres, also known as thermal attacks, can cause a complete meltdown and are generally considered difficult to address. In this paper, we focus on this issue by analysing the potential security threats to these systems and their impact on the overall data centre safety and performance. We also present current thermal anomaly detection methods and their limitations. Finally, we propose a hybrid method to prevent thermal attacks, that uses multi-variant anomaly detection and a fuzzy-based health factor to enhance data centre thermal awareness and security.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSecurity in Computing and Communications
Subtitle of host publication8th International Symposium, SSCC 2020, Chennai, India, October 14–17, 2020, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsSabu M. Thampi, Guojun Wang, Danda B. Rawat, Ryan Ko, Chun-I Fan
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-16-0422-5
ISBN (Print)978-981-16-0421-8
Publication statusPublished - 10 Feb 2021
EventEighth International Symposium on Security in Computing and Communications - Chennai, India
Duration: 14 Oct 202017 Oct 2020

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937


ConferenceEighth International Symposium on Security in Computing and Communications
Abbreviated titleSSCC’20
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