Security and privacy concerns for Australian SMEs cloud adoption: empirical study of metropolitan vs regional SMEs

Senarathna, Ishan, Yeoh, William, Warren, Matthew and Salzman, Scott 2016, Security and privacy concerns for Australian SMEs cloud adoption: empirical study of metropolitan vs regional SMEs, Australasian journal of information systems, vol. 20, pp. 1-20, doi: 10.3127/ajis.v20i0.1193.

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Title Security and privacy concerns for Australian SMEs cloud adoption: empirical study of metropolitan vs regional SMEs
Author(s) Senarathna, Ishan
Yeoh, WilliamORCID iD for Yeoh, William
Warren, Matthew
Salzman, ScottORCID iD for Salzman, Scott
Journal name Australasian journal of information systems
Volume number 20
Start page 1
End page 20
Total pages 20
Publisher University of Canberra
Place of publication Canberra, A.C.T.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1449-8618
Keyword(s) Cloud adoption
Structural equation modelling
Summary New national infrastructure initiatives such as the National Broadband Network (NBN) allow small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Australia to have greater access to cost effective Cloud computing. However, the ability of Cloud computing to store data remotely and share services in a dynamic environment brings with it security and privacy concerns. Evaluating these concerns is critical to address the Cloud computing underutilisation issue and leverage the benefits of costly NBN investment. This paper examines the influence of privacy and security factors on Cloud adoption by Australian SMEs in metropolitan and regional area. Data were collected from 150 Australian SMEs (specifically, 79 metropolitan SMEs and 71 regional SMEs) and structural equation modelling was used for the analysis. The findings reveal that privacy and security factors do not significantly influence the decision-making of Australian SMEs in the adoption of Cloud computing. Moreover, the results indicate that Cloud computing adoption is not influenced by the geographical location (i.e., metropolitan or regional location) of the SMEs. The findings extend the current understanding of Cloud computing adoption by Australian SMEs. The results will be useful to SMEs, Cloud service providers and policy makers devising Cloud security and privacy policies.
Language eng
DOI 10.3127/ajis.v20i0.1193
Field of Research 080610 Information Systems Organisation
0806 Information Systems
1503 Business And Management
Socio Economic Objective 899999 Information and Communication Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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