Tagged With data sovereignty

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Encryption is still the most effective way to achieve data security from outside threats. However, it can also throw up a red flag that your data is worth stealing -- and could even convince government agencies that you have something to hide. According to encryption expert and Silent Circle founder Phil Zimmermann, the solution is for businesses to band together, Spartacus style.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Enterprises spend a lot of time worrying about where their data centres are located and associated data sovereignty issues. But in an era where data moves rapidly and the legal principles underpinning its use don't always reflect reality, thinking solely about physical location doesn't make sense.

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Banks and financial services firms are often held up as examples of businesses which won't readily embrace cloud services -- regulatory requirements and a general sense of caution mean they prefer to maintain their own IT systems. While there hasn't been a wholesale embrace of cloud by banks yet, it's now rare for them not to have some form of cloud computing as part of the mix.

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As Amazon, Microsoft and other cloud providers move to break ground and build Australian data centres and points-of-presence, data sovereignty and the security of data stored offshore is still a massive concern for Australian companies. Microsoft is flipping the script on data sovereignty in a post-Snowden world, and now pledges to fight US Patriot Act orders it receives. So can the US government still take your company's data despite Microsoft's new fighting spirit? Sort of.