The NSA scandal confirmed people’s worst fears, especially in Germany. Many companies have become so cautious, that they are increasingly venturing into the cloud.
The industry association Bitkom has published new figures on cloud use in Germany : 65% of companies with 20 or more employees used cloud computing in 2016 – translating to an increase of 11% over 2015. Meanwhile, the differences between companies of different sizes have again become less significant: The rate was 64% for companies with 20 to 99 employees; 69% of companies with 100-1999 employees used cloud services, and the figure was 67% for large companies with at least 2,000 employees.
People’s trust in data security has increased as well. For example, 57% of CEOs and IT managers who were surveyed reported that they considered storing their data in the public cloud to be "very secure" or "somewhat secure". Only 4% of respondents said that the data they stored there was "very insecure" or "somewhat insecure". One reason for this upturn might be that after Edward Snowden’s revelations concerning the snooping practices of the NSA and GCHQ, companies are increasingly encrypting the data they store in the cloud.