Cloud security: This is important in 2024

Cloud security: This is important in 2024

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In the past, experts were not aware of drastic events such as the pandemic or wars. An expert in data encryption in the cloud summarizes what will affect companies in 2024 - new trends and more.

Some of what applied to 2023 and earlier years also applies to 2024, says Andreas Steffen, CEO of eperi: You should come up with a well-thought-out concept for security, data protection and compliance in order to protect yourself and your customers and to protect the company from sensitive issues to avoid operational disruptions or penalties.

The back door is still ajar

However, the past has taught us one thing: no matter how intensively you protect and ensure the resilience of IT systems and data, a small back door usually remains open that cybercriminals and data thieves exploit sooner or later. The prediction for 2024 is therefore that the well-known hare-hedgehog game between the good guys and the bad guys will continue - but on a different, higher level.

The great wave of digital transformation that is sweeping many companies into the cloud will create even more challenges for data protection and data security in the next year. Many of the cloud offerings focus on expanded, improved functionality with even more automation or even artificial intelligence. However, what is rarely a priority when developing and deploying these solutions and implementing implementation planning is the security and protection of data in the cloud. Therefore, the delicate little plant of “security in the cloud” will grow into a real trend in the coming year.

We are sovereign: a creation from 2023 will remain in 2024

Since 2023 at the latest, sovereign has been a term that cloud service providers of the so-called “sovereign cloud” have adopted in order to circumvent the data protection problems with internationally operating cloud hyperscalers. The principle: Reliable and trustworthy IT service providers from Germany or other EU countries enter into cooperation with hyperscalers and offer their services and their variety of functions - hosted in Germany in order to maintain compliance.

Sovereignty - according to the definition, self-determination in contrast to external determination or the bearer of sovereign power - is a suitable term to associate more independence and, above all, data protection with the sovereign cloud. But what seems so promising is more about reassuring the data owner than about real data protection.

Companies must ensure the protection of their data in the cloud themselves

It is important that those responsible in the company always make it clear that the responsibility for data security lies exclusively with them. They are liable for this and cannot simply transfer this responsibility to someone outside the company - not even by relying on the sovereign cloud concept.

What does this mean for data protection in 2024? The trend towards more sovereignty in the sense of data protection will continue in 2024, because data experts, managers and managers are not only aware of the usefulness, but also of the partial personal liability - for example through NIS 2.0 or the new EU rules on managing directors' liability. However, companies that want to establish true sovereignty will have to ensure effective protection of their data in the cloud themselves. And the most effective way to protect cloud data is to independently initiate and execute encryption as soon as the data leaves the company.

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About eperi

With the eperi solution, our customers benefit from all the advantages of cloud use, such as efficient company-wide collaboration, while remaining legally secure in accordance with global data protection laws. We hold multiple international patents for our innovative multi-cloud technology, which provides unrivaled data protection for SaaS applications, custom applications and files. Our customers retain sole control over all sensitive data because no unencrypted data is sent to the cloud. We enable the cloud – simple, secure, individual, GDPR-compliant.

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