My Data is Stored in the Cloud ! Now, whose laws do I need to follow?
Legislation has been introduced to amend the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). The goal of the Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad (LEADS) Act is to deal with any conflicting laws for cloud services providers and to safeguard Americans' electronic data stored abroad. Now if my data is being stored in one or more countries, what laws am I subject to and where can I find protection in the event of a data breach?
This is a troubling question for many organizations. Often, the easiest option is to restrict what the cloud provider can do with my data..... But then, am I really getting the full benefits of the cloud? We've stated several times in this blog that the easiest and safest way to go to the cloud is by moving your test / development environments there first. Make sure that you have a fully automated process to de-identify / mask your test data before it leaves your network.
Not only does it free your infrastructure management from supporting non-revenue generating environments, but it also gives your developers more freedom to try new configurations which may be lead to better software products. SkyTap is the leader in getting your test environments to the cloud fast so you can start taking advantage of the cloud without waiting months. If your masked / de-identified test data is breached in the cloud, NO PROBLEM! It is not real and does not refer to anyone. That alone will let you sleep better (and your management and share holders as well).