Most IT Professionals Unaware of ICO Guidance

New research has revealed that 68% of UK business decision makers don’t know how much a data breach would cost their company, despite this being their greatest fear when moving to the cloud.

The survey of over 300 UK executives was carried out on behalf of online security company CipherCloud.

The risk of breaches and loss of control over data were the two biggest concerns respondents had about their organisation’s sensitive information being in the cloud.

Despite this, the survey showed there was a lack of awareness of guidance and recommendations on cloud computing from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

41% of respondents said they weren’t aware of the guidance at all, while only 27% claimed to be aware and fully compliant.

This, CipherCloud claims, shows a “worrying lack of awareness” amongst the community of its obligations, which Richard Olver, regional director of EMEA at CipherCloud described as “pretty striking”.