Magazine article Information Management

Cloud Providers Serving India Government Must Store Data Locally

Magazine article Information Management

Cloud Providers Serving India Government Must Store Data Locally

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To help ensure that data is properly protected, India's Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has mandated that all cloud service providers that handle government data store it on servers in India, as reported on BankInfoSecurity.asia.

The guidelines say cloud service providers' contracts with the government must state that all services and data will be guaranteed to reside in India. Additionally, cloud vendors' contracts must include details on the location of the data they're processing, storing, or hosting for the government.

To date, most cloud vendors have hosted websites and servers outside of India because they perceive there are cost advantages and business continuity benefits.

Experts believe the new guidelines are meant to keep data within India so that it's easier to take security and legal action in case of cyberattacks. …

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