Data Security Issues and Challenges in Cloud Computing: A Conceptual Analysis and Review


Cloud computing is a set of Information Technology services offered to users over the web on a rented base. Such services enable the organizations to scale-up or scale-down their in-house foundations. Generally, cloud services are provided by a third-party supplier who possesses the arrangement. Cloud computing has many advantages such as flexibility, efficiency, scalability, integration, and capital reduction. Moreover, it provides an advanced virtual space for organizations to deploy their applications or run their operations. With disregard to the possible benefits of cloud computing services, the organizations are reluctant to invest in cloud computing mainly due to security concerns. Security is one of the main challenges that hinder the growth of cloud computing. At the same time, service providers strive to reduce the risks over the clouds and increase their reliability in order to build mutual trust between them and the cloud customers. Various security issues and challenges are discussed in this research, and possible opportunities are stated.

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O. Harfoushi, B. Alfawwaz, N. Ghatasheh, R. Obiedat, M. Abu-Faraj and H. Faris, "Data Security Issues and Challenges in Cloud Computing: A Conceptual Analysis and Review," Communications and Network, Vol. 6 No. 1, 2014, pp. 15-21. doi: 10.4236/cn.2014.61003.

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