CLOUD COMPUTING: TODAY’S HOPE FOR INFORMATION SECURITY IN NETWORKED LIBRARIES

  • Chimezie P. Uzuegbu Digital Library Department /Department of Library and Information Science, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike
Keywords: Cloud computing, information security, Library, Networking security

Abstract

Library environments are increasingly dependent on computer technology. Many libraries of all sizes have discontinued the use of card catalogs and have decreased the acquisition of hard copies of information resources in favour of electronic version of the same. Yet, it was observed that library’s serve, the hub of library’s networked milieu, is feared to be vulnerable to environmental threats, unauthorized usage, malicious software and technical failure, and thus face problems of securing her e-collections and providing access to them. Hence, this paper was set to appraise the efficiency of one of the recent
technological tools in the world referred to as cloud computing for achieving a library’s information security in the networked setting. Thus, it is shown that cloud services, preferentially the models of infrastructure, platform and services, in a community, private or public deployment, provided by a good
vendor, would not allow environmental usage software and technical threats to befall the quantum of information of the library in a networked environment.

Published
2019-01-08