Governments allover the world have been using Cloud computing. In the United States, thefederal government has been using cloud computing for many years.
It has beenused in many sectors. In the United Kingdom, the Government establishedG-Cloud, a government-wide cloud computing network. Aimed at improving thegovernment and providing more online migration services. The UK government hasbecome a leader in the use of cloud computing in many areas, like education,health and defense. In Japan, the national government is implementing a majorcloud computing initiative, codenamed “Kasumegaseki cloud”. Theinitiative seeks to develop a private cloud environment that will eventuallyhosts all Japanese government computing 1,2. In Saudi Arabia, in recent yearsand with the vision of 2030 Saudi Arabia has begun to try to use cloud computingin the public and private educational institutions.
It is still limited in usein the government sector because of security and privacy concerns. The ShuraCouncil has warned that dealing with foreign companies to access cloudcomputing can be dangerous as there is a risk that sensitive information andinvestment funds may be compromised 4. The Yesser program (ane-government program) has created a web site where in the future the governmentwill attempt to connect to a cloud and perform all current transactionselectronically. It is hoped that this will make a great impact on the Kingdom’seconomy 5.
At the moment, cloud services are limited in Saudi Arabia ascompared to other developed countries like Europe and the USA. A research study has been conducted toanalyze the factors affecting the adoption of cloud storage by the public andprivate sectors. The study was based on the views of 360 employees in privateand public sectors. The results were that most employees of these organizationsaccepted that they would benefit more from the use of the cloud-basedenvironment 6 7.However, employees are concerned about the security of the cloud.
The surveyconsist seven main segments (see figure 1) 7.