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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

Susantha Herath

Second Advisor

Ezzat Kirmani

Third Advisor

Sneh Kalia

Creative Commons License

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


In the recent past, cloud computing is the most significant shifts and Kernel Virtual Machine (KVM) is the most commonly deployed hypervisor which are used in the IaaS layer of the cloud computing systems. The Hypervisor is the one which provides the complete virtualization environment which will intend to virtualize as much as hardware and systems which will include the CPUs, Memory, network interfaces and so on. Because of the virtualization technologies such as the KVM and others such as ESXi, there has been a significant decrease in the usage if the resources and decrease in the costs involved. Firstly, in this Paper I will be discussing about the different hypervisors that are used for the virtualization of the systems, then I discuss about how the virtualization using the Kernel Virtual Machine (KVM) is made easy, and then discuss about the Host security, the access and the security of the KVM virtual machines by the remote management using the Secure Sell (SSH) tunnels, Simple Authentication and Secure Layer (SASL) authentication and Transport Layer Security (TLS).