Government Cloud Computing and National Security
Review of Economics and Political Science
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to try to reach the main factors that could put national security at risk as a result of government cloud computing programs. Design/methodology/approach The paper adopts the analytical approach to first lay foundations of the relation between national security, cybersecurity and cloud computing, then it moves to analyze the main vulnerabilities that could affect national security in cases of government cloud computing usage. Findings The paper reached
... l findings such as the relation between cybersecurity and national security as well as a group of factors that may affect national security when governments shift to cloud computing mainly pertaining to storing data over the internet, the involvement of a third party, the lack of clear regulatory frameworks inside and between countries. Practical implications Governments are continuously working on developing their digital capacities to meet citizens' demands. One of the most trending technologies adopted by governments is "cloud computing", because of the tremendous advantages that the technology provides; such as huge cost-cutting, huge storage and computing capabilities. However, shifting to cloud computing raises a lot of security concerns. Originality/value The value of the paper resides in the novelty of the topic, which is a new contribution to the theoretical literature on relations between new technologies and national security. It is empirically important as well to help governments stay safe while enjoying the advantages of cloud computing.