A Systematic Literature Review on Cloud Computing Security: Threats and Mitigation Strategies

Bader Alouffi, Muhammad Hasnain, Abdullah Alharbi, Wael Alosaimi, Hashem Alyami, Muhammad Ayaz
2021 IEEE Access  
Cloud computing has become a widely exploited research area in academia and industry. Cloud computing benefits both cloud services providers (CSPs) and consumers. The security challenges associated with cloud computing have been widely studied in the literature. This systematic literature review (SLR) is aimed to review the existing research studies on cloud computing security, threats, and challenges. This SLR examined the research studies published between 2010 and 2020 within the popular
more » ... tal libraries. We selected 80 papers after a meticulous screening of published works to answer the proposed research questions. The outcomes of this SLR reported seven major security threats to cloud computing services. The results showed that data tampering and leakage were among the highly discussed topics in the chosen literature. Other identified security risks were associated with the data intrusion and data storage in the cloud computing environment. This SLR's results also indicated that consumers' data outsourcing remains a challenge for both CSPs and cloud users. Our survey paper identified the blockchain as a partnering technology to alleviate security concerns. The SLR findings reveal some suggestions to be carried out in future works to bring data confidentiality, data integrity, and availability.
doi:10.1109/access.2021.3073203 fatcat:xcoltqaq65c2zhcndlkvxk6ejm