This article contributes to the existing body of literature on cloud computing by examining the moderating as well as mediating factors influencing macro-scale adoption of the cloud computing framework. Prior research has demonstrated that cloud computing can be more cost effective, more efficient, and has higher levels of elasticity; however, the primary concern among consumers revolves around security vulnerability. This research empirically studies the significance of the mediating and moderating factors of cloud computing consumption by patrons. Results of the study show that increased threat of security vulnerabilities demonstrate an inverse correlation with the consumption of cloud computing products and platforms.
Cloud computing, security vulnerability, benefits of cloud platform