Cloud still hangs over patient data sovereignty concerns

Data sovereignty and geo-fencing may not be trendy buzzwords, but they should be front and centre for every NHS trust…

The debate surrounding security and the cloud has, for the most part, long since been settled: it’s not insecure by design. Of course, that doesn’t mean there aren’t security issues as far as cloud-based storage is concerned – just that they tend to be like the threats that are prevalent across the enterprise storage space. But that didn’t stop 61% of NHS trusts responding to a freedom of information request earlier in the year citing security and compliance as being the biggest barriers to cloud adoption. Perhaps the biggest question mark, and certainly the most pressing what with the general data protection regulation (GDPR) becoming a legal reality before the end of May, hangs over the issue of compliance – compliance and data privacy to be precise.

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