Organisations still struggle to execute effective cloud security and maintain consistent compliance between audits. Enterprises also find it hard to hold their cloud service providers accountable for instituting adequate protections.

Regulatory Trends

Listed below are the key regulatory trends impacting the cloud in defence theme, as identified by GlobalData.

Data protection and privacy

Numerous regional legislative efforts around data protection and privacy have evolved over the past few years, with Europe setting the standard with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Tensions between Europe and the US over the European Union (EU)-US Privacy Shield, which enables non-EU companies to meet the requirements of GDPR, have escalated, with campaigners arguing that the US cannot ensure the privacy of European data.

Meanwhile, numerous GDPR-inspired regulations have emerged, such as the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, which will influence cloud providers globally.

Net neutrality

As exemplified by legislation in the US, the notion of network sovereignty promises to play a role in the evolution of cloud services, particularly in support of consumer services. Supporters of net neutrality regulation in Congress will continue to fight to reinstate the previous legislation, with a legal battle potentially reaching the Supreme Court.

This is an edited extract from the Cloud Computing in Defense – Thematic Research report produced by GlobalData Thematic Research.