Government snooping fears put IT managers off cloud

News James Stirling Feb 7, 2013

New research from Lieberman Software claims fears about data access are turning IT experts off cloud

Fears about government and legal interference are putting many IT experts off entrusting the cloud with their data, according to a survey by Lieberman Software.

The identity management software vendor’s poll claims that 48 per cent of cloud and IT experts are concerned about their data being snooped on while stored in the cloud.

“These figures highlight that IT managers are deterred from the cloud, because they are unsure if their organisation’s sensitive data is adequately protected and will pass IT security audits or government regulatory checks which cloud environments are subjected to,” said the company in a statement.

The research also revealed that 88 per cent of respondents fear that cloud data could be lost, corrupted or accessed by unauthorised third-parties.

Meanwhile, a further 86 per cent said they wouldn’t store sensitive data in the cloud, and 51 per cent said they wouldn’t store any of their personal data online.

Philip Lieberman, president and CEO of Lieberman Software, blamed the apprehension IT pros have reportedly shown towards cloud on legislation issues.

“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,” he said.

“IT managers know it is much easier to hide data within their own private networks.”