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Did PRISM Cause An Exodus From US Clouds?

Forrester Survey Suggests NSA Spying Has Driven More Use Of Encryption Than Migration

April 1, 2015


  • By Ed Ferrara,
  • James Staten
  • with Peter Burris,
  • Josh Blackborow

Why Read This Report

Since Edward Snowden revealed the US National Security Agency's PRISM spying program, there has been widespread speculation that the announcement would ruin the fates of US cloud, hosting, and outsourcing businesses as international customers walked away from any firm within the agency's reach. In this first survey of these customers about the effects of PRISM, the data suggests such concerns were overblown. And in fact, our earlier contention that enterprises would stick with their US partners but take a stronger position in managing their own security has been proven out.

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Table of Contents

  • PRISM's Impact Is Important, But The Impact So Far Has Been Minimal
  • But Trust Has Certainly Been Lost
  • If You Can't Trust Anyone, You Must Protect Yourself

  • Protect Your Data Because Everyone Seems To Want It

  • Global Companies Are Caught In A Surveillance Crossfire
  • Supplemental Material
  • Related Research Documents