What effect will a Brexit have?

Datastore365

25th April 2016

IT Update

AS Britain reconsiders its position in the EU, UK businesses are focusing their attention on the implications of a Brexit, and how this may affect their data.

Until very recently, businesses have paid most attention to the political and economic impacts of leaving the EU, but how does the potential Brexit affect one of our most important business assets – our data?

At a time that leaves Britain in a state of uncertainty, UK businesses should make it an all-time priority to be confident in where their most valuable data is located. Leaving the EU could have a significant impact on UK data laws, meaning that organisations operating in the UK, with data stored overseas, could be forced to relocate their data back to the UK.

VMware commissioned a study of 250 independent public and private sector organisations to assess their readiness for a shift in legislation. The research showed that businesses are doing very little to prepare for the change, with almost two thirds of IT decision makers uncertain about where their data actually lives. A third of those surveyed said their data is stored somewhere outside of the UK, with only ten per cent of those certain that they will be able to bring the data back to the UK safely if needed.

So, business owners, it’s in your best interests to act sooner rather than later, both financially and for peace of mind. By choosing a cloud provider that uses only UK datacentres, businesses can at least tackle one implication of leaving the EU. Re-establishing control of data, and ensuring that data is stored on home turf will mean businesses are better prepared in the event of any future changes that could affect the Data Protection Act.

Datastore365 uses highly secure UK datacentres located in Milton Keynes and Reading. The company prides itself on the transparency of services and makes it a priority to communicate exactly where it hosts all customer information. So if you would like to know more about the safe and secure Cloud Services provided right here in the UK, get in touch.

Give Datastore365 a call on 08000 481 848, or drop an email to info@datastore365.com

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