Legal and Privacy Issues with Cloud Computing in Small and Medium Size Enterprises
Because of insufficient resources to manage a costly and complex internal information technology infrastructure (local storage computing), cloud computing emerged providing potential benefits to small and medium size enterprises such as rapid access to flexible and low- cost IT resources, enabling payment as per consumption and facilitating productivity for accounting services, for communication customer services and support. It provides simple ways to access servers, database and a broad set of applications over the internet. Cloud computing is a technology paradigm operating on the principle of virtualization, distributed computing, grid computing, and data bases to provide computing services. It provides a simple way of storing, accessing servers, data, program and a broad set of application services over the internet . The product of small and medium size enterprises is now reaching a wider audience using this new Technology (cloud computing). This system of outsourcing however presents many challenges in its different types (public and private cloud). Organizations such as small and medium size enterprises have increased risks by storing sensitive data in the cloud thereby making security, privacy and protection a rising concern to them. In this paper, we will analyze the privacy challenges faced by small and medium sized enterprises with the adoption of cloud. The paper seeks to examine the legal protection provided to secure SMEs who are involved in cloud computing. This paper will address the security challenges cloud computing presents to the local storage computing and provide possible recommendations.
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