Washington – A majority of U.S. citizens
are unaware of how their online data is stored and who secures it, according to
a new survey by the Business Software Alliance (BSA).
Approximately one in five
respondents said they were unaware of whether their data was being held
"in the cloud," and 60% said they did not know what "in the
cloud" even meant.
When asked who’s responsibility it was to secure that
data, opinions were split between businesses, the government and individuals.
"As more information is stored in the cloud, coordination between the
public and private sectors is more important than ever to protect personal and
corporate data," said Robert Holleyman, president and CEO of the BSA.
"What this survey tells us is that there is a lag in the general public’s
understanding of the emerging cloud environment and how it impacts their data
— and a lack of consensus on who is responsible for securing the cloud."