Migration goals and risk management in cloud computing: A review of state of the art and survey results on practitioners

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Islam, S., Fenz, Stefan, Weippl, Edgar and Kalloniatis, Christos 2016. Migration goals and risk management in cloud computing: A review of state of the art and survey results on practitioners. International Journal of Secure Software Engineering. 7 (3), pp. 44-73.
AuthorsIslam, S., Fenz, Stefan, Weippl, Edgar and Kalloniatis, Christos
Abstract

Organizations are now seriously considering adopting cloud into the existing business context, but migrating
data, application and services into cloud doesn’t come without substantial risks. These risks are the significant
barriers for the wider cloud adoption. Cloud computing has obtained a lot of attention by both research and
industry communities in recent years. There are works that consolidate the existing work on cloud migration
and technology. However, there is no secondary study that consolidates the state of the art research and
existing practice on risk management in cloud computing. It makes difficult to understand the risks
management trend, maturity, and research gaps. This paper investigates the state of the art research and
practices relating to risk management in cloud computing and discusses survey results on migration goals and
risks. The survey participants are practitioners from both public and private organizations of two different
locations, i.e., UK and Malaysia. We identify and classify the relevant literature and systematically compare
the existing works and survey results. The results show that most of the existing works do not consider the
existing organization and business context for the risk assessment only emphasize on security and privacy
risks. Our study results also reveal that risk management in cloud computing research and practice is still not in
a mature stage but gradually advancing. Our observation emphasizes the necessity of a comprehensive risk
management framework to support the migration decision and to monitor the risks after migration. Finally,
we propose a risk assessment approach based on the six prioritized cloud migration goals using analytic
hierarchy process and determine the relative importance of these migration goals from two real migration use
cases.

KeywordsRisk management in cloud; migration goals; risks survey; analytic hierarchy process; risk assessment
JournalInternational Journal of Secure Software Engineering
Journal citation7 (3), pp. 44-73
ISSN1947-3036
1947-3044
Year2016
PublisherIGI Global for Information Resources Management Association
Publisher's version
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.4018/IJSSE.2016070103
Web address (URL)http://www.igi-global.com/article/migration-goals-and-risk-management-in-cloud-computing/160712
Publication dates
Print03 Jul 2016
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Deposited10 Feb 2017
FunderAustrian Science Fund (FWF)
Austrian Science Fund
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