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Advancing Data Spaces and Ensuring Compliance in the World of Data Residency

Updated: May 8

In the vast expanse of digital landscapes, where data reigns supreme, the concept of data residency holds pivotal importance. Every piece of information, whether it resides in a traditional server room or floats in the cloud, has a physical location. Yet, understanding where your organisation's data resides is just the tip of the iceberg. Enter the concept of data spaces - interconnected realms where data flows and proliferates, reshaping the landscape of modern business.

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Data spaces represent more than just storage; they signify dynamic environments where data is shared, analysed, and leveraged to drive innovation. However, within these expansive realms, the notion of data residency becomes increasingly crucial. Without a clear understanding of where your data resides, navigating data spaces becomes akin to traversing uncharted territory blindfolded.

"Data residency isn't just about where your data physically sits, it's about ensuring the security and compliance of your organisation," emphasises Juha-Pekka Soininen, coordinator of the pioneering DS2 project, which aims to revolutionise how organisations navigate and harness compliant data from data spaces. Without a clear grasp of your data's residency within these expansive data spaces, you're essentially leaving the door unlocked for cyber threats, endangering not only sensitive information but also the trust of your customers and the integrity of your organisation. The most common initial data attack is compromised credentials, which was responsible for 20% of data breaches at an average cost of $4.37 million (IBM). 27% of users who have been affected by an online security incident estimate that the incident ended up costing them $100 to $10,000 or more. (Secure Swiss Data). No wonder 81% of users say the potential risks they face from companies collecting data outweigh the benefits. (Pew Research Center).

Compliance, too, hinges on understanding data residency within data spaces. Different regions and jurisdictions wield varying regulations and mandates regarding data handling. Some 120+ countries have already addressed international data protection laws in some form to provide better protection for their citizens and their data (Thales). Without clarity on where your data resides within these interconnected realms, navigating the labyrinth of compliance for data sharing and use becomes a perilous journey. You risk falling short of regulatory standards, inviting hefty fines and irreparable damage to your organisation's reputation.

The cloud, which provides cost-effective data storage, further complicates the landscape of data residency within data spaces. With organisations leveraging multiple cloud providers and a blend of private, public, and hybrid clouds, the lines blur even more. The relationship between data residency and data sovereignty adds another layer of complexity. Knowing where your data resides within these expansive data spaces is not merely a matter of convenience; it's a strategic imperative for ensuring compliance with legal and regulatory frameworks.

Innovative projects like DS2 are starting to push the state-of-the-art in this convoluted terrain. DS2 stands at the forefront of ushering organisations into an era of compliant data sharing and re-use within spaces. By mapping out data residency and sovereignty within these interconnected realms, DS2 can co-create and test a modular, secure, trust-sensitive, platform-neutral environment for the networked sharing of data across sectors. The development of an Inter-sectoral Data Space Toolkit breaks down industry verticals by enabling decentralised and secure data exchange for the development and management of complex apps.

At a time where data spaces redefine the boundaries of innovation and collaboration, understanding data residency is paramount. It's the cornerstone upon which resilient security measures and unwavering compliance standards are built. With projects like DS2 lighting the way, organisations will be able to embark on a journey within data spaces with optimism, knowing that compliant data management is within reach.

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