Securing Virtual and Cloud Environments

  • Mariana CarrollEmail author
  • Paula Kotzé
  • Alta van der Merwe
Part of the Service Science: Research and Innovations in the Service Economy book series (SSRI)


Organisations have to adapt quickly to changes, continuously investigate innovations and be flexible in order to remain competitive. The information technology (IT) landscape has evolved to enable organisations competitive advantage and to meet targets such as reduced costs, scalability, flexibility, capacity utilisation, higher efficiencies and mobility. Many of these benefits are achieved through the utilisation of technologies such as cloud computing and virtualisation. In many instances cloud computing builds on the capabilities of a virtualised computing infrastructure enabling multi-tenancy, scalability and a highly abstracted cloud model. Even though cloud computing and virtualisation provide significant benefits and cost-effective options for IT hosting and expansion, cloud and virtual IT systems are not risk-free. Risks must be understood to ensure adequate security not only for cloud computing, but also for the underlying technologies enabling cloud computing. The focus of this paper is on mitigation for virtualisation and cloud computing security risks as a fundamental step towards ensuring secure cloud computing environments.


Virtualisation Cloud computing Security risks 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mariana Carroll
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Paula Kotzé
    • 1
    • 3
  • Alta van der Merwe
    • 1
    • 4
  1. 1.CSIR Meraka InstitutePretoriaSouth Africa
  2. 2.School of ComputingUniversity of South AfricaPretoriaSouth Africa
  3. 3.Institute for ICT AdvancementNelson Mandela Metropolitan UniversityPort ElizabethSouth Africa
  4. 4.Department of InformaticsUniversity of PretoriaPretoriaSouth Africa

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