Edward Snowden’s whistle-blowing about NSA’s widespread surveillance and eavesdropping is taking toll on American technology industry. A new survey, commissioned by NTT of Japan, reveals that 90% of ICT decision-makers are rethinking their attitudes to cloud computing and the global Internet.
Titled, “NSA Aftershocks: How Snowden has Changed IT Decision-Makers’ Approach to the Cloud” the study is based on a survey of 1,000 ICT decision-makers from France, Germany, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, and the USA. It highlights nine after-shocks from Snowden’s revelations, which are compelling companies to rethink how they use cloud computing:
- Almost nine in ten (88 percent) ICT decision-makers are changing their cloud buying behaviour, with over one in three (38 percent) amending their procurement conditions for cloud providers
- Only 5 percent of respondents believe location does not matter when it comes to storing company data
- More than three in ten (31 percent) ICT decision-makers are moving data to locations where the business knows it will be safe
- Around six in ten (62 percent) of those not currently using cloud feel the revelations have prevented them from moving their ICT into the cloud
- ICT decision-makers now prefer buying a cloud service which is located in their own region, especially EU respondents (97 percent) and US respondents (92 percent)
- Just over half (52 percent) are carrying out greater due diligence on cloud providers than ever before
- One in six (16 percent) is delaying or cancelling contracts with cloud service providers
- More than four fifths (84 percent) feel they need more training on data protection laws
- 82 percent of all ICT decision-makers globally agree with proposals by Angela Merkel for separating data networks
Download the full study from website of NTT Communications.