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Data sovereignty: the value of keeping your cybersecurity data in Canada

By Mark Brownlee

When we think about crossing borders, we think about moving goods or people.

Most of us, after all, have at least some experience with waiting at an airport or border crossing to enter another country. Even more of us have likely patiently tracked a package while waiting for it to arrive in Canada so it could get to our door.

Something most of us don’t think about, though? Where our data resides.

The problem is, that it matters where the data you collect while protecting your organization from cyber attacks lives. And that’s no different when it comes to your cybersecurity set-up.

Here are three reasons why keeping your cybersecurity data in Canada will be valuable to you and your organization.


It builds trust with users and customers

People living in Canada are growing more aware of the need to protect their privacy. That also means they are starting to ask questions about their data: who owns it, what is done with it and who profits from it?

It makes sense, then, that they would also start asking questions about where the data that goes into protecting the networks they log onto lives.

Using a cybersecurity product—such as a protected DNS solution—that keeps its data entirely in Canada can help address these concerns.

The problem with using a non-Canadian cybersecurity solution is that where the data gets stored can get more complicated.

Not only that, it also can create confusion or even mistrust among users or customers. You might know exactly where the data goes after it gets used, but your users or customers might be a little more suspicious.


It’s simpler

One of the biggest complications with data management is that data is subject to two different sets of laws: where it’s created and where it’s stored.

That means that if you create data in Canada and then send it overseas, you’re making your life quite a bit more complicated. You need to respect the laws in Canada—governed largely by documents such as the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA)—but also wherever your data is going afterwards.

Abiding by one set of rules when it comes to data privacy is hard enough. More than makes life even more difficult.

By keeping your cybersecurity data in Canada you can keep your focus on combatting cybercriminals—not abiding by data rules.


It supports Canadian institutions/organizations

There are a ton of cybersecurity solutions out there. Not many of them are Canadian-made.

Even fewer of them can say they protect you against cyber attacks while also keeping your data in Canada.

By choosing a cybersecurity solution that is made in Canada and keeps your data here, you can help make Canada more sovereign and independent when it comes to data management and, more broadly, cybersecurity.


Conclusion: choosing a cybersecurity solution that works best for Canadian organizations

The importance of data is clearly not going away. Nor is the importance of securing your organization against cyber threats.

By giving some thought to where the data you accumulate while protecting your organization’s cybersecurity goes, you can set your organization up for long-term success.

Looking for a cybersecurity solution that keeps your data in Canada? CIRA DNS Firewall is a built-in-Canada service that keeps all your data secure and sovereign.

Learn more about CIRA DNS Firewall.

About the author
Mark Brownlee

Mark Brownlee is a Product Marketing Manager with CIRA Cybersecurity Services. His work, which focuses on the CIRA DNS Firewall and Canadian Shield products, is dedicated to helping protect people and organizations in Canada from cyber threats. His background is in marketing strategy, communications planning and advertising best practices.