Volume 13, Number 6

Information and Communication Security Mechanisms For Microservices-based Systems


Lenin Leines-Vite, Juan Carlos PĂ©rez-Arriaga and Xavier LimĂłn, Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico


Security has become paramount in modern software services as more and more security breaches emerge, impacting final users and organizations alike. Trends like the Microservice Architecture bring new security challenges related to communication, system design, development, and operation. The literature presents a plethora of security-related solutions for microservices-based systems, but the spread of information difficult practitioners' adoption of novel security related solutions. In this study, we aim to present a catalogue and discussion of security solutions based on algorithms, protocols, standards, or implementations; supporting principles or characteristics of information security, considering the three possible states of data, according to the McCumber Cube. Our research follows a Systematic Literature Review, synthesizing the results with a meta-aggregation process. We identified a total of 30 primary studies, yielding 75 security solutions for the communication of microservices.


Microservices, Software architecture, Secure communication, Information security.