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A Taxonomic Perspective on Certification Schemes: Development of a Taxonomy for Cloud Service Certification Criteria

Published: 2014

Buchtitel: Proceedings of the 47th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2014)
Seiten: 4998-5007
Verlag: IEEE

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Numerous cloud service certifications (CSCs) are emerging in practice. However, in their striving to establish the market standard, CSC initiatives proceed independently, resulting in a disparate collection of CSCs that are predominantly proprietary, based on various standards, and differ in terms of scope, audit process, and underlying certification schemes. Although literature suggests that a certification’s design influences its effectiveness, research on CSC design is lacking and there are no commonly agreed structural characteristics of CSCs. Informed by data from 13 expert interviews and 7 cloud computing standards, this paper delineates and structures CSC knowledge by developing a taxonomy for criteria to be assessed in a CSC. The taxonomy consists of 6 dimensions with 28 subordinate characteristics and classifies 328 criteria, thereby building foundations for future research to systematically develop and investigate the efficacy of CSC designs as well as providing a knowledge base for certifiers, cloud providers, and users.

DOI Link: 10.1109/HICSS.2014.614


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