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Snowden revelations caused changes in cloud computing use, claims study

Posted by malcolm on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 at 19:35

Businesses worldwide have changed their attitude to cloud computing as a result of the Snowden Revelations, according to a recent survey by NTT Communications.

The study found that 88% of ICT decision-makers had changed their cloud buying behaviour, while 62% of those currently not using cloud services said that they felt the revelations had prevented them from doing so.

Responders were also conscious of the location of their data, with 97% of EU respondents and 92% of US respondents preferring cloud services located in their own region, and 31% actively moving their business data to locations perceived as safer. Overall, only 5% thought that the geographical location of business data did not matter at all.

However, the report argues that the surveillance revelations had led to a change in “the nature of the cloud customer” rather than a wholesale retreat from cloud services. According to NTT vice-president Len Padilla, customers have begun “modifying procurement policies, scrutinising potential suppliers and taking a heightened interest in where their data is stored”.

For more information, see: Snowden revelations have changed attitudes to cloud, study claims – ComputerWeekly.com

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