SRI Security Research Institute, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia
Cloud computing (CC) brings substantial benefits to organizations and their clients. Information technology (IT) users in developing countries, especially those in underdeveloped communities, are gaining easy and cost‐effective access to a variety of services, from entertainment to banking. South Africa has outlined a national e‐strategy that aims to improve those communities, by providing frameworks for access to information and communications technology (ICT). The products and services of small‐, medium and micro‐sized enterprises (SMME) are now reaching a wider audience through the use of technology. CC can go a long way to help government realize the national e‐strategy. There are numerous barriers to CC adoption; among the main concerns are security, privacy and availability. CC adoption is rising globally, but in South Africa it hasn’t penetrated the mainstream operations of small and large organizations. The major inhibitor is security, though it is losing ground to other factors, especially privacy concerns, and The absence of security and data privacy legislation in South Africa makes it difficult for organizations to adopt CC. The objective of this paper is to highlight CC inhibitors especially privacy and legal issues in the context of South African SMMEs and how they contribute to low rate of CC adoption.