First things first!
CISPE is a coalition of around 20+ cloud infrastructure providers from 16 European countries – and the CISPE family is happily growing – who offer cloud services to customers across the whole Europe. CISPE, in the first place, was created to promote data security and compliance within the context of cloud infrastructure services.
The nature of cloud infrastructure services and different cloud deployment models (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS) could quite often be completely misunderstood.
This lack of understanding is fuelling “one size fits all” policies that are out of touch with industry requirements – and underpin the need for a united voice to represent the views of European cloud infrastructure service providers. So, here we are.
And this is a vital undertaking for AltusHost, because, both customers and providers now understand that cloud infrastructure services are very different from traditional IT services (and even from other cloud services such as Software as a Service).
We are aware that many companies were treating all cloud services the same in the context of data protection — which led to confusion on both the part of the customer and providers with regard to their individual obligations.
One of CISPE and AltusHost’s key priorities is to ensure customers get what they need from their cloud infrastructure service providers in order to comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
With the publication of its Data Protection Code of Conduct for Cloud Infrastructure Services Providers, CISPE has already made a huge step forward regarding this. And we’re very much proud to be part of that significant progress.