Data protection: why 3DS Outscale (Dassault Systèmes) relies on the sovereign cloud

by bold-lichterman

3DS Outscale was born in 2010 at the instigation of Dassault Systèmes at a time when issues related to data sovereignty for French companies emerge in the public debate in the face of the hegemony of the American giants in the cloud. Since then, the company has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dassault System in 2017 and continues its development in France and abroad with a team of 135 employees.

How can companies today guarantee the sovereignty of their data? “It is linked, it is true, to the nationality of the supplier and also to that of the group to which the supplier belongs.», Begins David Chassan, communications director of 3DS Outscale. “There is a tangle of different layers that are put in place. But in any case, so that a data can really be protected on the French territory, even European, it is important that the cloud provider can guarantee the localization of data and the operation of the cloud in France, and that this entity be governed by French law to preserve the overall sovereignty of the service“.

What is at stake for companies whose sensitive data is hosted by American suppliers, for example, like Amazon or Google is that they one day find themselves confronted with the Cloud Act. “It is an extension of the Patriot Act in the United States. The country has taken the right to access data located abroad since it asks national cloud providers to be able to access it. The Cloud Act even goes even further because here it is not a question of being able to access it only in the event of a risk of an attack. Now, even a sheriff in an American town can request access to any data. No judge has control over it“.

How to house your data according to their sensitivity, the company’s place in the Cloud market, the strength of American heavyweights … Find the full interview with David Chassan from 3DS Outscale.