What the EU’s Safe Harbor decision means for the public sector

Cloud computing is bringing enormous benefits to the UK public sector by enabling the delivery of secure, agile and highly cost-effective services. Has the EU Court of Justice’s has Safe Harbor ruling changed all that?

The ruling – which invalidated Safe Harbor – means that it is no longer a legal basis for transferring personal data from the EEA to the US. While it could be a blow to cloud service providers that store and process EU citizen data in the US, it doesn’t spell the end of this revolutionary technology.

As the cyber security experts at KPMG write in “Moving to the Cloud: Key Considerations”, a new whitepaper: “When thinking about cloud computing there are many non-functional dimensions that should be taken into account, including data protection, data security and data sovereignty. Despite these complexities, the benefits of cloud can be immense, as cloud can enable organisations to deliver business outcomes and innovation quickly, securely and sustainably.”

What the ruling does is make it more important than ever for organisations to select the right cloud provider for the job, taking into consideration all questions of security, privacy and compliance.

In “Moving to the Cloud” KPMG outlines 10 key considerations for decision makers and SIROs when moving to the cloud, along with the pros and cons of the various cloud deployment models and an objective and comprehensive analysis of what must be taken into account if you are considering moving information assets off-shore.

Download your copy of the KPMG report here.

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