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Security Measurement as a Trust in Cloud Computing Service Selection and Monitoring

Osman Ghazali , Abubakar Magira Tom , Hatim Mohd Tahir , Suhaidi Hassan , Shahrudin Awang Nor , and Ahmad Hanis Mohd Shabli
School of Computing, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok 06010, Malaysia

Abstract—With the increase in the number of cloud service offerings by the cloud service providers nowadays, selecting the appropriate service provider becomes difficult for customers. This is true since most of the cloud service providers offer almost similar services at different costs. Thus, making cloud service selection a tedious process for customers. The selection of the cloud services from the security standpoint needs a distinct consideration from both the academia and the industry. Security is an important factor in cloud computing. Thus, any exploited vulnerability will have a negative effect on cloud computing adoption by customers. Hence, little attention has been paid to cloud service monitoring and selection from a security perspective. To solve this issue, we propose a security measurement as a trust (SMaaT) in the cloud computing selection. Finally, we propose Analytical Hierarchical Process (AHP) for service selection from the customers’ perspective.

Index Terms – Service Selection, Security Measurement, Cloud Service Provider, Quality of Service, Service Level Agreement.

Cite: Osman Ghazali, Abubakar Magira Tom, Hatim Mohd Tahir, Suhaidi Hassan, Shahrudin Awang Nor, Ahmad Hanis Mohd Shabli, "Security Measurement as a Trust in Cloud Computing Service Selection and Monitoring," Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 100-106, May, 2017. doi: 10.12720/jait.8.2.100-106