Welcome!

Machine Learning Authors: Pat Romanski, Yeshim Deniz, Liz McMillan, Elizabeth White, Zakia Bouachraoui

Related Topics: @CloudExpo, Java IoT, Microservices Expo, Containers Expo Blog, Cognitive Computing , Cloud Security

@CloudExpo: Article

ICO Guidance Highlights the Need for UK Data Control

A useful and informative report on cloud computing

By David Canellos
PerspecSys President and CEO

The UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) recently published a useful and informative report on cloud computing that provides key guidance for companies using or considering cloud services in the UK. The guidelines intend to help organizations comply with the 1998 Data Protection Act (DPA), and they offer welcome assistance for private and public enterprises struggling to avoid stiff non-compliance penalties from the watchdog agency.

The ICO emphasizes that cloud customers are responsible for ensuring data protection, whether they know it or not. Many businesses simply don't realize that data protection is their responsibility when processing is outsourced to a third party (i.e., a cloud provider).

The ICO makes several recommendations about how to assure cloud provider security measures and mitigate data access risks, including physical inspections of cloud provider facilities, third-party audits of security systems, and ongoing procedural reviews and updates. And what really makes sense is for the data controller to have a written contract with the data processor that places the same legal obligations on the processor as on the data controller itself. This becomes critical when you get down to the details of the DPA, which restrict data transfer outside of the EU without adequate protection for the rights and freedoms of data subjects. But by its very nature, cloud computing makes this difficult as data can be stored or processed on servers located anywhere in the world. In some cases, cloud providers can't even pinpoint where data is being stored at a given time, much less cloud customers. Reasons such as this make cloud service providers reluctant to agree the sorts of contractual requirements the ICO suggests.

Realizing that there is no such thing as an iron-clad SLA, the ICO encourages businesses to look for way to maintain control of their sensitive information. As a critical part of the guidance, it underlines encryption as a means to protect personal data in transit or at rest. With encryption, data controllers can maintain and enforce their own security measures at all times. The PerspecSys cloud data protection solution helps data controllers comply with UK laws because any information that is stored or processed in the cloud can be encrypted or tokenized, rendering it undecipherable. This gives organizations a practical, technically feasible way to overcome data privacy restrictions, take advantage of the cloud's numerous benefits, and maintain legal compliance.

The ICO also mentions another potential encryption benefit that pertains to international law enforcement. Foreign law enforcement agencies may have the power to demand access to personal data stored in foreign data centers. By storing encrypted rather than clear text information in the cloud, companies are further able to protect data subjects' privacy rights.

For more insight into these issues, check out PerspecSys' new whitepaper, Data Privacy & Compliance in the Cloud. Available for download from our website, the paper discusses how encryption and tokenization (which can be extremely valuable for organizations with data residency requirements) satisfy legal requirements and industry mandates associated with protecting sensitive data in cloud applications.

Read the original blog entry...


PerspecSys Inc. is a leading provider of cloud data security and SaaS security solutions that remove the technical, legal and financial risks of placing sensitive company data in the cloud. PerspecSys accomplishes this for many large, heavily regulated companies by never allowing sensitive data to leave a customer's network, while maintaining the functionality of cloud applications. Based in Toronto, PerspecSys Inc. is a privately held company backed by investors that include Intel Capital and GrowthWorks.

More Stories By David Canellos

David Canellos is a security veteran who is now President and CEO of PerspecSys. An entrepreneur specializing in bringing innovative security and privacy solutions to market, he has been instrumental in establishing PerspecSys as the leader in the Cloud data Protection Gateway market.

Before joining PerspecSys, David held executive positions at Irdeto Worldwide, which acquired the company he led, Cloakware, which was a pioneer in encryption and digital rights management. Before joining Cloakware, he was the General Manager and Vice President of Sales for Cramer Systems (now Amdocs), a UK-based company, where he was responsible for the company’s revenue and operations in the Americas. Prior to his work with Cramer, David held a variety of executive, sales management and business development positions with the Oracle Corporation, Versatility and SAIC.

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


CloudEXPO Stories
With more than 30 Kubernetes solutions in the marketplace, it's tempting to think Kubernetes and the vendor ecosystem has solved the problem of operationalizing containers at scale or of automatically managing the elasticity of the underlying infrastructure that these solutions need to be truly scalable. Far from it. There are at least six major pain points that companies experience when they try to deploy and run Kubernetes in their complex environments. In this presentation, the speaker will detail these pain points and explain how cloud can address them.
The deluge of IoT sensor data collected from connected devices and the powerful AI required to make that data actionable are giving rise to a hybrid ecosystem in which cloud, on-prem and edge processes become interweaved. Attendees will learn how emerging composable infrastructure solutions deliver the adaptive architecture needed to manage this new data reality. Machine learning algorithms can better anticipate data storms and automate resources to support surges, including fully scalable GPU-centric compute for the most data-intensive applications. Hyperconverged systems already in place can be revitalized with vendor-agnostic, PCIe-deployed, disaggregated approach to composable, maximizing the value of previous investments.
When building large, cloud-based applications that operate at a high scale, it's important to maintain a high availability and resilience to failures. In order to do that, you must be tolerant of failures, even in light of failures in other areas of your application. "Fly two mistakes high" is an old adage in the radio control airplane hobby. It means, fly high enough so that if you make a mistake, you can continue flying with room to still make mistakes. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Lee Atchison, Principal Cloud Architect and Advocate at New Relic, discussed how this same philosophy can be applied to highly scaled applications, and can dramatically increase your resilience to failure.
Machine learning has taken residence at our cities' cores and now we can finally have "smart cities." Cities are a collection of buildings made to provide the structure and safety necessary for people to function, create and survive. Buildings are a pool of ever-changing performance data from large automated systems such as heating and cooling to the people that live and work within them. Through machine learning, buildings can optimize performance, reduce costs, and improve occupant comfort by sharing information within the building and with outside city infrastructure via real time shared cloud capabilities.
As Cybric's Chief Technology Officer, Mike D. Kail is responsible for the strategic vision and technical direction of the platform. Prior to founding Cybric, Mike was Yahoo's CIO and SVP of Infrastructure, where he led the IT and Data Center functions for the company. He has more than 24 years of IT Operations experience with a focus on highly-scalable architectures.