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Fear of governments snooping deters companies from using the cloud: research

Almost half of IT experts are deterred from keeping sensitive data in the cloud because of fear of government intervention and possible legal action. This was revealed by a survey from Lieberman Software which was released on 6 February.

The survey, which looked at IT and cloud experts' attitudes to storing data in the cloud, revealed that government and legal interference puts 48 percent of them off from entering the cloud environment.

The survey was conducted at the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Congress amongst 300 IT professionals. Seventy percent of survey participants were from companies with more than 1,000 employees, and 50 percent had more than 5,000 employees.

"There are a number of reasons why IT experts might be apprehensive about storing corporate data in the cloud," said Philip Lieberman, president and CEO of Lieberman Software. "However, in my opinion, the key issues are around Government surveillance, cloud legislation and data security. IT managers fear that they will put their data at risk by moving to a cloud provider as they are unsure they will keep the data properly protected, which could ultimately affect their job and their business."

According to Lieberman, the other issue is around legislation in the cloud and the fact that IT managers do not want governments snooping around in their corporate data.

"If a government or official body wanted to see what data a company was holding in the cloud, the cloud host involved would be legally obliged to provide them with access," he said. "This means there is very limited privacy in cloud environments. IT managers know it is much easier to hide data within their own private networks."

Other findings of the survey revealed that 88 percent think there is a chance that some of its organisation's data hosted in the cloud could be lost, corrupted or accessed by unauthorised individuals; similarly, 86 percent don't trust the cloud for their organisation's more sensitive data and 51 percent of those surveyed don't trust the cloud for any of their personal data.

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