Want to keep your company’s data secure? Think Iceland

Iceland has emerged on the data center world radar as potentially one of the most secure locations for a company to place its data. The location has already been recognized for its lower power prices and renewable energy. However, as a result of last year’s revelations by Edward Snowden vulnerable businesses around the world are realizing that data privacy is another benefit. In fact, location consideration is now as much about data security as any other risk category evaluated during a site selection process.

Companies must find a geographic location that is legally viable for data protection law compliance. Failure to protect data can have serious consequences for businesses including IP theft, fines, class-action lawsuits, reputational damage, and even removal of senior executives. As a member of the EEA (European Economic Area) Iceland actively enforces all the EU data protection securities that are already mandated. And in 2010, Iceland went further with its interpretation by instructing the government in Reykjavik to turn Iceland into a global data haven – a Switzerland of bits. The result, the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative (IMMI) included additional protections on data privacy and security seen nowhere else in the world.

Increasingly, European enterprises are embracing the Verne Global data center campus. The facility meets many site selection criteria from both a physical security and a data privacy perspective. Both private and public cloud offerings reside on the campus and Verne Global offers colocation and wholesale space to its customers.

Lisa Rhodes, Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Verne Global