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Title: A survey on resolving security issues in SaaS through software defined networks

Authors: Gopal K. Shyam; Reddy Sai Sindhu Theja

Addresses: School of Computing and Information Technology, REVA University, Bengaluru 560064, Karnataka, India ' School of Computing and Information Technology, REVA University, Bengaluru 560064, Karnataka, India; Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), Sreenidhi Institute of Science and Technology (SNIST), Ghatkesar, Hyderabad 501301, Telangana, India

Abstract: The key ingredient in the success of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is based upon the client's satisfaction. Sensitive data acquired from the organisations are processed by the SaaS applications and stored at the SaaS provider end. All data flow over the network needs to be secured to avoid leakage of sensitive data. However, upon preliminary investigation, security is found to be the foremost issue that hampers the growth of confidence in the entrepreneurs for data deployment. This paper mainly focuses on different security issues in SaaS. Further, we analyse the security issues derived from the use of Software Defined Networking (SDN) and elaborate on how it helps to improve security in SaaS. Additionally, comparisons between current solutions and SDN solutions are made. Hence, this work aims at giving new directions to the researchers, specifically in the domain of SaaS, in understanding security issues and planning possible countermeasures.

Keywords: software-as-a-service; security issues; attacks; software defined networking.

DOI: 10.1504/IJGUC.2021.10032066

International Journal of Grid and Utility Computing, 2021 Vol.12 No.1, pp.1 - 14

Received: 22 Feb 2019
Accepted: 29 Dec 2019

Published online: 19 Jan 2021 *

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