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Businesses wary of public cloud security after NSA revelations

UK businesses are increasingly sceptical of US-based cloud providers following the NSA revelations, a recent study has revealed.

Commissioned by hosting provider PEER 1, the survey polled more than 300 decision makers in Britain and Canada and found that nearly a quarter of UK-based respondents actively planned to move their data out of the US as a result of the NSA scandal.

Interestingly, most businesses (80 per cent) were not particularly surprised that government bodies were snooping on their data, but 71 per cent also admitted that NSA surveillance was making them question hosting providers in general.

"With data privacy and security concerns top of mind after NSA, PRISM and other revelations around the world, businesses in the UK and Canada are taking real action...moving data outside of the US," said Robert Miggins, senior vice president of business development at PEER 1 Hosting.

Yet despite the worrying findings, part of the cloud could still ultimately benefit from heightened enterprise fears. Some 61 per cent of respondents said that they were now particularly nervous of public cloud infrastructures, suggesting that private cloud providers could witness increased demand for their services.

"It's clear that hosting and cloud providers need to take note and offer their customers true choice in terms of the locations and environments where they store their data, ensuring they can maintain security, compliance and privacy to the best extent possible," Miggins added.