The survey, which looks at attitudes to cloud data storage, found 48 percent of experts harbour such concerns about cloud computing.
Lieberman Software said experts were deterred from using the cloud due to concerns over the level of protection afforded to sensitive data and whether hosted cloud environments would pass government regulatory checks.
Philip Lieberman, president and CEO of Lieberman Software, said: “There are a number of reasons why IT experts might be apprehensive about storing corporate data in the cloud. However, in my opinion, the key issues are around government surveillance, cloud legislation and data security. IT managers fear they will put their data at risk by moving to a cloud provider as they are unsure they will keep the data properly protected, which could ultimately affect their jobs and their businesses.
“The other issue is around legislation in the cloud and the fact that IT managers do not want governments snooping around in their corporate data. 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. IT managers know it is much easier to hide data within their own private networks.”