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Developing a Cloud Computing Risk Assessment Instrument for Small to Medium Sized Enterprises: A Qualitative Case Study Using a Delphi Technique
by Meersman, Matthew Whitman, Ph.D., Northcentral University, 2019, 408; 13901056
Abstract (Summary)

Organizations’ leaders lack security expertise when moving IT operations to the Cloud. Almost all small to medium enterprises need to solve this problem. This qualitative research study using a Delphi technique, addressed the problem that there is no commonly understood and adopted best practice standard for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) on how to specifically assess security risks relating to the Cloud. Experienced risk experts from a local chapter of an international organization in Washington, D.C. responded to three sets of questions through SurveyMonkey. This research study shows the current state of Cloud risk assessments has not kept up with the changes in business and IT brought on by Cloud computing. Almost all respondents indicated that staffing and non-technical concerns affect SMEs that are transitioning to the Cloud. SMEs are not properly risk assessing and auditing Cloud computing environments. The primary mitigation recommendation for SMEs is outsourcing or using third parties on some or all of the SMEs’ Cloud computing. As the use of Cloud computing is becoming an inflection point for SMEs, SMEs’ decision makers need more research on both the process and the results. Cloud computing is fundamentally changing the daily pace of business, and this research study shows that SMEs have not kept pace. SMEs would greatly benefit from more research to help them adopt Cloud computing securely and effectively.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Smiley, Garrett
Commitee: Braxton, Sherri, Bakari, Marie
School: Northcentral University
Department: School of Business and Technology Management
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 81/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Information science, Computer Engineering, Information Technology
Keywords: Cloud, Cloud adoption, Risk assessment, SME
Publication Number: 13901056
ISBN: 9781085613200
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