11/11/2011: Pay Attention when Using Cloud Storage

ARTEC IT Solutions, a specialist for archiving and information management, warns about possible risks for German companies when storing information im data centers outside the EU.

Karben, November 10, 2011 - Cloud storage is growing in popularity, so it is not surprising that more and more foreign companies are offering their solutions to the German market. As the data protection officers of the federal and state governments have stressed recently stated, German companies need to be careful when using foreign cloud services due to various legal complications.

Jerry J. Artishdad, Managing Director of ARTEC IT Solutions AG,comments:

"As a solution provider for archiving and digital information management, we strongly advise organizations to check very carefully whether a foreign cloud storage provider complies with the appropriate data protection regulations. As clearly pointed out by data protection officers, storing business-relevant information in U.S. data centers is a major challenge from a legal point of view. When German companies host data in the United States, they need to comply with very specific conditions. Recognition of EU law, storage of personal data, transfer of information to U.S. authorities (e.g. under the Patriot Act) are only the tip of the iceberg. Those who take this step should consult a good lawyer to prevent nasty surprises at the next tax audit."

To make the data storage in cloud infrastructures safer in general, ARTEC (http://www.artec-it.de) has implemented a comprehensive security concept for its archiving and information management appliances, which include EMA® and eDiscovery (global search). Information and content remain accessible at all times, independent of the physical storage location. The entire content collection can be accessed using a powerful full-text search engine.

The appliance-based encryption system and secure key management ensure that the authority and control over stored information always remains with the user. Furthermore, it is possible to migrate archived data to another storage location at any time if necessary.

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