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Doctor of Information Technology (D.I.T.)


Information Systems and Technology


Gail Miles


Due to the ever-growing threat of security breaches that information technology (IT) organizations continually face, protecting customer information stored within the cloud is critical to ensuring data integrity. Research shows that new categories of data breaches constantly emerge; thus, security strategies that build trust in consumers and improve system performance are a must. The purpose of this qualitative multiple case study was to explore and analyze the strategies used by database administrators (DBAs) to secure data in a private infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud computing. The participants comprised of 6 DBAs from 2 IT companies in Baltimore, Maryland, with experience and knowledge of security strategies to secure data in private IaaS cloud computing. The disruptive innovation theory was the conceptual framework for this study. Data were collected using semistructured interviews and a review of 7 organizational documents. A thematic analysis was used to analyze the data. Four key themes emerged: importance of well-defined security measures in cloud computing, measures to address security controls in cloud computing, limitations of existing security controls in cloud computing, and future and potential security measures solutions in cloud computing. The findings may benefit DBAs and IT organizations by providing strategies to prevent future data breaches. Well-defined security strategies may protect an individual’s data, which in turn may promote individual well-being and build strong communities.