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Maintain the privacy of your data in the cloud

Posted by Aoife McMonagle on Mar 2, 2011 11:48:00 AM

CCTVAuthor: Fiona Griffiths, National Business Lead for Scalar Managed Zimbra

Last week I attended a symposium, Exploring the Future of E-mail, Privacy, and Cloud Computing, at Ryerson University. There was a great lineup of speakers. Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Information and Privacy Commissioner, Ontario, spoke about the importance of not sacrificing privacy and security for business results. According to Dr Cavoukian, the goal should be to create a positive sum result (for those of you who remember game theory). She also spoke about the importance of embracing new paradigms, and that outsourcing services does not mean outsourcing accountability.

There was a lot of discussion around the US Patriot Act and whether this should be a concern for Canadian businesses outsourcing to the US. This was a heated topic that had opinions ranging from “it's a red herring” to ”there is absolute concern that organizations need to fully understand the implications of this to their business and data stored outside of our country”. There seemed to be general consensus that it's easier to evaluate the risks of going to the cloud when you can reduce the number of variables involved. When going to the cloud you should fully understand the laws that govern your data both within and outside of Canada. If you are outsourcing to a provider outside of Canada, then as a business you will be governed by both Canadian and foreign law.

Here at Scalar we offer a 100% Canadian Hosted and Managed email and collaboration solution, Scalar Managed Zimbra. We believe that Scalar Managed Zimbra makes it easier for Canadian businesses to adopt cloud computing, without having the complexity of understanding the risks associated with hosting their data outside of the country.

We’ve recently signed an agreement with University of Guelph to move their 60,000 mailboxes onto Scalar Managed Zimbra – you can read more about that deal here.

If you’re interested in learning more about Scalar Managed Zimbra, fill out the form on this page and we’ll be in touch!

Topics: IT Security, Cloud, Security, Managed Services