As government agencies and private sector organisations drive towards lowering costs and digital transformation the use of cloud infrastructure and services continues to expand. Many of the clouds that are on offer are located overseas or run by overseas providers.
In a survey conducted by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner 93% of Australian citizens don’t want their data processed or stored overseas and 58% say they have avoided a business over these kinds of issues.
The Australian Center for Cyber Security (ACSC), under the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), publishes the Australian Government Information Security Manual (ISM) for government and industry use.
“Outsourced information technology or cloud services located offshore may be subject to lawful and covert collection, without an organisation’s knowledge. Additionally, use of offshore services introduces jurisdictional risks as foreign countries’ laws could change with little warning. Finally, foreign owned service providers operating in Australia may be subject to a foreign government’s lawful access.”
– Australian Government Information Security Manual
The ISM makes it clear that data in overseas located, or overseas owned, clouds comes with associated risks in terms of lawful or covert access. This means that onshore foreign owned clouds in Australia are effectively the same as the offshore facilities to which 93% of Australians say they object.
In addition to this risk the ISM highlights that there is regulatory risk when you aren’t with a sovereign provider, particularly as regulations can change so quickly. Regulations like the GDPR or CCPA can have real business impact for private sector organisations moving to the cloud.
A sovereign cloud provider:
Public expectations are extremely high and it’s almost impossible to guarantee you aren’t subject to foreign jurisdiction in one form or another without using a sovereign cloud provider. For those considering a sovereign provider, Vault Cloud is entirely owned and operated within Australia. Vault offers: