Around two-thirds of senior security professionals thought the Government snooped on their corporate data while it resided in the cloud.
According to research by Voltage Security of 300 professionals, 62 per cent believed governments looked at their data without their knowledge.
Dave Anderson, senior director of Voltage, said that this will affect people's views of cloud security, but an organisation's data protection strategy must include proactive data protection controls, which enables the ability to supervise and manage how underlying data levels are secured through encryption, tokenisation and data masking.
He said: “Any sensitive information, including financials, customer and employee data or intellectual property needs to be protected across the entire lifecycle of that data. Any loss or exposure of that data can result in compliance or regulatory fines, loss of brand and reputation and, as the recent NSA events further validate, a loss of privacy around how we communicate and the content of those communications.
“We believe that this approach, which can protect sensitive data across the entire data lifecycle, can allow companies to leverage the benefits of cloud adoption, and ensure their sensitive data is protected from any prying eyes.”
Speaking in early July, European Commission vice president Neelie Kroes said that European businesses are likely to abandon the services of American providers if they fear that the security of their material is under threat.
She said: “If businesses or governments think they might be spied on, they will have less reason to trust cloud, and it will be cloud providers who ultimately miss out. Why would you pay someone else to hold your commercial or other secrets if you suspect or know they are being shared against your wishes?”