December 01, 2020

Our Russia Debut: Helping SaaS and Multinational Enterprises Expand Overseas

Our Russia Debut: Helping SaaS and Multinational Enterprises Expand Overseas

There are currently many myths about cloud services. The most persistent ones are associated with enterprise information security and the risk of unauthorized access by insiders and competitors. There is no smoke without fire: the reputation of the entire cloud market was tainted by hosting providers and free file-sharing networks that don’t adequately protect their cloud environments. We witness this countless times when we read about the massive data leaks from cloud providers. 

According to Gartner, as companies seek growth drivers through the COVID-19 pandemic, they should be exploring technology trends that focus on people-centricity, location independence, and resilient delivery. 

Security of personal data – the most sensitive customer data

In our borderless digital society, seeking to control which country you can store critical information in seems counterintuitive. However, this is a requirement of many emerging data laws. As such, leaders facing data residency requirements should position their organizations at the forefront of this wave to ensure the applications their companies are using are compliant with local data regulations in countries they operate in.

Such is the case with Russia. Implemented in July of 2006, the Russian Federal Law on Personal Data (federal law no. 152-FZ) regulates all personal data processed by data operators, data processors, or third parties. 152-FZ applies to personal data that is processed within the Russian territory and/or the storage, collection and transfer of its citizen’s personal data in any region outside of Russia. Additionally, for cross-border transfers, the law applies if a Russian citizen accepts terms of service or user agreement with a foreign data operator and/or consents to a foreign data operator’s collection and use of the citizen’s personal data, such as through online shopping.  

Global and local data regulations

To keep up with a region growing at a rapid pace, we’re thrilled to announce that we’re debuting a regional headquarters (HQ) in Rostov-On-Don, Russia – led by our director of engineering, Aleksandr Romanov. We’ve also officially expanded our production capabilities to offer conformance with the Russian Federal Law on Personal Data (no. 152-FZ), enabling SaaS and multi-national companies to comply with the most stringent Russian data residency requirements. 

Rostov On Don Office

“We’ve seen an increase in demand from companies trying to enter the Russian market and businesses in Russia that have trouble staying up to date with local data residency requirements,” noted Peter Yared, CEO, and Founder of InCountry. “As a region with incredible local talent, we’re looking forward to doubling down on our presence in the region and growing alongside the market.”

Alongside our HQ debut and 152-FZ conformance, we’re also partnering with DLA Piper, an international law firm that acts as an extended research team, and Yandex.Cloud, the largest data center provider in Russia, to ensure data is properly hosted, processed, secured, and regulated. 

While there are local data center providers with such achievement, our end-to-end compliance solutions allow customers to integrate into their applications, SaaS or home-grown, that are based out of Russia, without the need to build a custom solution from the ground up. We’re eager to provide our robust services to enterprises to foster business continuity and proper expansion.

To learn more, check out our press release.

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