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

Mark B. Schmidt

Third Advisor

Abdullah Abu Hussein

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

Virtaul Machine Images, Cloud Computing


One of the essential characteristics of cloud computing that revolutionized the IT business is the sharing of computing resources. Despite all the benefits, security is a major concern in a cloud virtualization environment. Among those security issues is securely managing the Virtual Machine (VM) images that contain operating systems, configured platforms, and data. Confidentiality, availability, and integrity of such images pose major concerns as it determines the overall security of the virtual machines. This paper identified and discussed the attributes that define the degree of security in VM images. It will address this problem by explaining the different methods and frameworks developed in the past to address implementing secure VM images. Finally, this paper analyses the security issues and attributes and proposes a framework that will include an approach that helps to develop secure VM images. This work aims to enhance the security of cloud environments.


I would like to thank my advisor and committee chair, Dr. Susantha Herath. Thank you for your advice, constructive feedback, and encouragement. You would always a source of inspiration and always motivates me at every stage. I would also like to thank Dr. Abu Hussein Abdullah for helping me pick up the research topics and giving me ideas and helped me to strengthen the quality of the paper. Thank you, Dr. Mark Smith, for the valuable time and feedback for reviewing the paper. Thanks to my parents for encouraging me and always being a role model. Finally, I would love to thank the library staff for assisting me to develop quality work.