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Open Access Knowledge and Scholarship

Date of Award


Culminating Project Type

Starred Paper

Degree Name

Information Assurance: M.S.


Information Assurance and Information Systems


Herberger School of Business

First Advisor

Abu Hussein, Abdullah

Second Advisor

Manamperi, Nimantha P

Third Advisor

Sohn, Changsoo

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Cloud Security Controls, AWS, Azure, Google Cloud


This research paper aims at solving the gap of information related to cloud security alliance top twenty critical controls. By reviewing the controls against the major cloud providers. Most organizations are adopting cloud for their business-critical applications. To make it secure, they need to understand the security controls they have access to and how they can perform cloud audits to assure the organization is secure in the cloud environment and complaint. To counter this predicament, Information technology professionals need to review the cloud security measures in AWS, Google Cloud, Azure against CIS top 20 controls, which will help security professionals identify the right cloud vendor for their business needs. This paper provides additional information to the reader who wants to understand the role of security controls in cloud environment and how they address the cloud security risk. Cloud users, cloud architects and cloud consumers will be able to understand how various cloud providers offer tools which assist in maintain the security controls. This research paper provides the base layer information and will help future research in cloud security controls.


I would like to express my sincere gratitude to my supervisors as well as committee members Dr. Abu Hussein, Abdullah, Dr. Manamperi, Nimantha P and Dr.Sohn, Changsoo for providing their invaluable guidance, comments, and suggestions throughout the course of the research paper.