May 5, 2023 | Resources

ThinkOn Sovereign Cloud: Built by Canadians, for Canadian data

ThinkOn Sovereign Cloud means data residency and governance stay within Canadian borders, ensuring data sovereignty, traceability, and supply chain management are in full compliance with Canadian regulations. 

Residency doesn’t equal sovereignty

 The Government of Canada states: 

“The primary risk to data sovereignty is the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and the U.S. government’s ability to compel an organization subject to U.S. law to turn over data under its control, regardless of the data’s location and without notifying Canada.” 

Organizations often believe the misconception that their trusted cloud providers manage and secure client data in a sovereign way. However, all hyperscale clouds rely on offshore resources for some tasks—even when the data remains at a domestic location. For that reason, their claims of sovereignty are not only misleading, but outright wrong. 

Hyperscale CSPs headquartered in the U.S. must comply with U.S. laws. That means that sensitive Canadian data could be divulged to another government (in this case the U.S. government) without the knowledge or approval of the Canadian customer. 

The Government of Canada warns: “Regardless of where the cloud resources are physically located, when data is stored in a cloud environment, the stored data may be subject to the laws of other countries.” Hyperscale CSPs, with global deployment, “could be required to comply with a warrant, court order or subpoena request from a foreign law enforcement agency seeking to obtain [Canadian] data.” Even if a CSP operates in Canada (as do the hyperscale providers), they are headquartered elsewhere and therefore subject to the laws of another country. 

Not every cloud is sovereign. 

But ours is. Canadian-owned, Canadian-operated—a truly sovereign cloud built for Canadian data. Now that’s cloud smart. 

“ThinkOn has repeatedly demonstrated leadership in Canadian cloud security standards when it comes to data sovereignty, integrity, compliance, and mobility.“ 

– Claude Reeves, VP and Country Manager, VMware Canada 

Read the full article here: ThinkOn Sovereign Cloud

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