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Government intervention scares users from using the cloud

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A fear of government snooping is deterring IT departments from using the cloud.

According to a survey of 300 IT managers, 48 per cent said that the potential for government and legal interference puts them off from entering information into the cloud environment.

Philip Lieberman, president and CEO of Lieberman Software, said: “There are a number of reasons why IT experts might be apprehensive about storing corporate data in the cloud. 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.

“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. 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.”

The survey also revealed that 88 per cent of respondents think that there is a chance that some of the cloud-hosted data could be lost, corrupted or accessed by unauthorised individuals.

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