n South African Computer Journal - Higher education cloud computing in South Africa : towards understanding trust and adoption issues
|Article Title||Higher education cloud computing in South Africa : towards understanding trust and adoption issues|
|© Publisher:||South African Computer Society (SAICSIT)|
|Journal||South African Computer Journal|
|Affiliations||1 Rhodes University and 2 Rhodes University|
|Publication Date||Dec 2014|
|Pages||40 - 55|
|Keyword(s)||Cloud computing, Higher education, Information security, K.3.1, Thematic analysis and Trust|
This paper sets out to study the views of key stakeholders on the issue of cloud information security within institutions of Higher Education. A specific focus is on understanding trust and the adoption of cloud computing in context of the unique operational requirements of South African universities. Contributions are made on both a methodological and theoretical level. Methodologically, the study contributes by employing interpretivism and using a data-driven approach to thematic analysis in a topic area often studied quantitatively, thus affording researchers the opportunity to gain the necessary in-depth insight into how key stakeholders view cloud security and trust. A theoretical contribution is made in the form of a trust-centric conceptual framework that illustrates how the qualitative data relates to concepts innate to cloud computing trust and adoption. Both these contributions lend credence to the fact that there is a need to address cloud information security with a specific focus on the contextual elements that surround South African universities. The paper concludes with some considerations for implementing and investigating cloud computing services in Higher Education contexts in South Africa.
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