Risks in adopting cloud computing: A proposed conceptual framework

Ali Al-Badi, Ali Tarhini, Nabeel Al-Qirim

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6 Citations (Scopus)


Cloud computing has become highly strategic and necessary technology in the IT industry. Cloud computing provide many benefits to organizations but there are risks associated with it which hamper its adoption. Therefore, it is important in this research identify the risks which negatively affect cloud computing adoption decision in order to accelerate its adoption. The research has reviewed relevant literature and accordingly selected fifty research papers from leading information systems journals and conferences. Accordingly, several critical factors were identified. The most important critical factors are grouped into three different categories namely, legal (data privacy, compliance and regulations), technical (bandwidth, data integration, security, vendor lock-in) and operational (loss of control over the services, lack of equipment and knowledge, business continuity and disaster recovery) risks. Finally, a conceptual framework on cloud computing adoption risks is proposed based on those identified factors. This research is of great importance to researchers, cloud computing professionals and policymakers. It will also help in formulating strategies to encourage the adoption and acceptance of cloud computing services, where cloud computing is still considered a risky endeavor and outcomes are seen as uncertain.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmerging Technologies in Computing - First International Conference, iCETiC 2018, Proceedings
EditorsMahdi H. Miraz, Peter Excell, Andrew Ware, Maaruf Ali, Safeeullah Soomro
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9783319954493
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event1st International Conference on Emerging Technologies in Computing, iCETiC 2018 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: Aug 23 2018Aug 24 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST
ISSN (Print)1867-8211


Other1st International Conference on Emerging Technologies in Computing, iCETiC 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Adoption
  • Cloud computing
  • Cloud computing barriers
  • Cloud computing inhibitors
  • Deployment models
  • Framework
  • Risk management
  • Service models

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications


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