• P-ISSN 0974-6846 E-ISSN 0974-5645

Indian Journal of Science and Technology


Indian Journal of Science and Technology

Year: 2018, Volume: 11, Issue: 1, Pages: 1-11

Original Article

Challenges in Cloud Computing Adoption- An Empirical Study of Educational Sectors of Saudi Arabia


Background/Objectives: The rapid growth of cloud computing has become a remarkable in many sectors including educational sectors. Cloud computing is the essential tool, which can be used to enhance the accessibility of quality education.In realityusers of cloud computing in Saudi Arabia are facing many challenges due to lacks of regulation compliance, security, privacy, and confidentiality. Research in the field of challenges and barriers in cloud computing is very limited; moreover, there is very little information available in this area especially in legal aspects. Methods: This study focuses on the challenges and barriers, which affects cloud computing in higher education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The study applied a qualitative and quantitative method throughout the discussion and analysis on current issues and challenges in Cloud Computing in educational sectors in Saudi Arabia. Findings: Majority of the respondents agreed that privacy, security and confidentiality are the issues that need immediate attention of lawmaker. These issues and challenges act as a barrier for adoption of cloud computing in education sector in Saudi Arabia. There is no specific privacy protection law in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, only effective laws will avoid the challenges and barriers related to the privacy and security issues in cloud computing. Cloud computing provides an opportunity for the educational institutions to share the data with students, professors, and authorized person. Sharing of information needs strict regulations on data confidentiality, security and how well the privacy of the institution is maintained. Application: Different threats are involved when managing the privacy and sharing of data in the cloud. It is significant to determine the causes of issues and carry out a necessary solution to solve the problem. To ensure an appropriate balance between the number and strength of controls and the risks associated with cloud computing solutions, state agencies and organizations should work together.

Keywords: Cloud Computing, Confidentially, Educational Sectors, Privacy, Regulations, Security


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