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Security-as-a-service: a literature review

Wenyuan Wang (Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand)
Sira Yongchareon (Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand)

International Journal of Web Information Systems

ISSN: 1744-0084

Article publication date: 29 September 2020

Issue publication date: 9 November 2020




This study aims to identify the level of security from existing work, analyze categories of security as a service (SECaaS) and classify them into a meaningful set of groups. Further, the report will advise commercial applications and advice of SECaaS as an extended context to help firms make decisions.


This paper compares the SECaaS categories in Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) with the security clauses in ISO/IEC 27002:2013 to give a comprehensive analysis of those SECaaS categories. Reviewed from a number of related literature, this paper analyzes and categorizes SECaaS into three major groups including protective, detective and reactive based on security control perspectives. This study has discussed the three groups and their interplay to identify the key characteristics and problems that they aim to address.


This paper also adds new evidence to support a better understanding of the current and future challenges and directions for SECaaS. Also, the study reveals both the positive and negative aspects of SECaaS along with business cases. It advises on various sizes and domains of organizations to consider SECaaS as one of their potential security approaches.


SECaaS has been demonstrated to be one of the increasingly popular ways to address security problems in Cloud computing. As a new concept, SECaaS could be treated as integrated security means and delivered as a service module in the Cloud. However, it is still in infancy and not very widely investigated. Recent studies suggest that SECaaS is an efficient solution for Cloud and real industries. However, shortcomings of SECaaS have not been well-studied and documented. Moreover, reviewing the existing research, researchers did not classify the SECaaS-related categories.



Wang, W. and Yongchareon, S. (2020), "Security-as-a-service: a literature review", International Journal of Web Information Systems, Vol. 16 No. 5, pp. 493-517.



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