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Organizational cloud security and control: a proactive approach

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Title: Organizational cloud security and control: a proactive approach
Authors: Spanaki, K
Gürgüç, Z
Mulligan, C
Lupu, EC
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Purpose The purpose of this paper is to unfold the perceptions around additional security in cloud environments by highlighting the importance of controlling mechanisms as an approach to the ethical use of the systems. The study focuses on the effects of the controlling mechanisms in maintaining an overall secure position for the cloud and the mediating role of the ethical behavior in this relationship. Design/methodology/approach A case study was conducted, examining the adoption of managed cloud security services as a means of control, as well as a large-scale survey with the views of IT decision makers about the effects of such adoption to the overall cloud security. Findings The findings indicate that there is indeed a positive relationship between the adoption of controlling mechanisms and the maintenance of overall cloud security, which increases when the users follow an ethical behavior in the use of the cloud. A framework based on the findings is built suggesting a research agenda for the future and a conceptualization of the field. Research limitations/implications One of the major limitations of the study is the fact that the data collection was based on the perceptions of IT decision makers from a cross-section of industries; however the proposed framework should also be examined in industry-specific context. Although the firm size was indicated as a high influencing factor, it was not considered for this study, as the data collection targeted a range of organizations from various sizes. Originality/value This study extends the research of IS security behavior based on the notion that individuals (clients and providers of cloud infrastructure) are protecting something separate from themselves, in a cloud-based environment, sharing responsibility and trust with their peers. The organization in this context is focusing on managed security solutions as a proactive measurement to preserve cloud security in cloud environments.
Issue Date: 3-Jun-2019
Date of Acceptance: 7-Feb-2018
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/56914
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/ITP-04-2017-0131
ISSN: 0959-3845
Publisher: Emerald
Start Page: 516
End Page: 537
Journal / Book Title: Information Technology and People
Volume: 32
Issue: 3
Copyright Statement: © 2018, Emerald Publishing Limited.
Sponsor/Funder: Engineering & Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC)
Funder's Grant Number: EP/L022729/1
Keywords: Science & Technology
Information Science & Library Science
Cloud security
Organizational control
Structural equation modelling
Exploratory framework
0806 Information Systems
0807 Library and Information Studies
Information Systems
Publication Status: Published
Appears in Collections:Imperial College Business School
Faculty of Engineering