Cloud computing may well be taking the IT industry by storm but the majority of ordinary people in Europe have no idea what "in the cloud" means.
According to a survey by the Business Software Alliance, 60% of European citizens were unaware of the meaning of the term "in the cloud".
In four out of five countries that included France, Germany, the UK, Spain and Poland, the majority did not understand their data could be stored online.
The release of the survey's findings coincided with the BSA's third European Cyber Security Awareness Day in Brussels.
Senior director of government relations at the BSA, Francisco Mingorance, said the BSA "is busy preparing a global cyber security policy framework to help guide future international cooperation on securing the online environment".
But while support for an international approach to cyber security is strong in most of the countries, the BSA survey found only a minority of UK citizens (46%) backed it.
Commenting on the findings, Matt Thomlinson, general manager of product security at Microsoft, which is sponsoring the cyber security event, said developing "a safer, more trusted, connected society is a shared challenge for government, industry, and consumers. Innovative approaches to reducing risk and increasing resiliency require trusted public private partnerships".