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Read more about digital sovereignty here Digital sovereignty is about taking control of our own digital assets and our data. The background is a rapidly growing amount of data, challenges in the cyber security landscape and changes in the international regulatory framework. Together, these factors have created an increased focus on security, business risk and societal risk, which is linked to IT infrastructure, data management and increased digitalisation. In order to reduce the digital risk prioritizes Swedish operations to a greater extent than previous local supply chains and delivery forms where both operation, data management and competence sharing take place across the country’s borders. The uncertain geopolitical situation, in combination with complex regulations, has in recent years problematized the use of public cloud services, where American suppliers are the dominant ones on the market today.

Radar Summit 2022

During this year’s Radar Summit in November, factors affecting organizations as well as regulations and strategic frameworks from the EU were discussed. Among other things, Norrbotten was highlighted as a successful example. Norrbotten’s e-committee, which consists of 14 municipalities, has reviewed its digital strategy and has a clear direction for the development of its cloud strategy. The municipalities in Norrbotten collaborate on shared IT infrastructure, business systems, self-service and general IT services for their residents and businesses. The collaboration is anchored in a joint political committee to ensure legality and structure.From 2016 until today, the municipal cooperation has gone from a technical focus to putting the citizen at the center, when the development and selection of new services is realized in accordance with an IT strategy for the future. Norrbotten wanted to establish a flexible, secure and modern data center solution that can expand over time. – We wanted a common and modern technical platform with better opportunities to collaborate between the municipalities in Norrbotten, where we can share costs for development, operation and maintenance. “The team before the self” is a motto that stands strong among the municipalities in their digital strategy work to succeed in the digitization journey, said Eva Wikström, CIO at Piteå municipality. Some of the success factors that the municipalities in Norrbotten have experienced so far are daring to let go of control and power over their own smaller, local data center solutions in each municipality, to dare to trust partners and learn and make decisions together. Together they ensure that the data is protected by Swedish legislation and Swedish authority requirements, as part of the EU.

Increased consumption of cloud services

The consumption of cloud services has increased in recent years and will continue to increase in the future. According to Radar’s report, based on a survey aimed at companies and organizations’ use of cloud services, 76 percent use cloud services from two or more providers, while 35 percent have more than half of their processes in the cloud. Something that will increase over the next two to three years. The need to renew your IT infrastructure is great, both in terms of public and private cloud services. In practice, many businesses use hybrid environments. Hybrid cloud solutions aim to create the optimal mix of local solutions and cloud solutions. In addition to local solutions, public cloud services can be added, but everything must be done in a controlled, secure and sovereign environment. Hybrid solutions are something that can be used by all companies and organizations that want to ensure that data they consider sensitive is protected with the highest possible security. This is as relevant for the public sector as it is for the private sector.Sweden has come a long way in digitization in general, but the level of maturity around cloud solutions is still relatively low. Only 20 percent of Swedish businesses in 2022 are considered mature, notes Wenche Karlstad, Head of Digital Sovereignty Tietoevry Connect. – This means that they have clearly defined cloud services, an analysis of current functions in a cloud environment, a clear cloud strategy and where driving forces such as development, change and innovation are strong in the business. One of the big challenges, she believes, lies in managing the digital business risks, in parallel with building a robust infrastructure with the digital services that provide a digitally sovereign Sweden. – For us at Tietoevry, it is important to participate in arenas in Europe that contributes to value for Nordic organisations. For example, the company is a member of Gaia-X and participates in important working groups in security and cyber security, and has recently joined the European Alliance for Industrial Data, Edge and Cloud/Moln, says Johan Torstensson, Managing Director Tietoevry Connect – It gives us the opportunity to together with other European companies and organizations work to strengthen the EU’s competitiveness in cloud and cutting-edge technologies. We also work to be able to meet the needs of organizations that process data in sensitive categories. This will strengthen Europe’s leading position in industrial data. In summary, all this contributes to strengthening Europe’s strategic, digital sovereignty.The advice to businesses just starting out or looking to accelerate their data and cloud strategy is to:• classify your data and minimize all risks to sensitive and critical data • understand and take action on how your data flows in different directions and conduct a data storage impact assessment • think “Cloud Smart” – move the right data to the right cloud • take help of a reliable multicloud partner that you trust and that has the right skills. We continue on the same theme with highly current business leaders and renowned panel that have different perspectives on the topic of a safe, sustainable and secure digital infrastructure in an insecure environment at Tietoevry Tech Talks. Sign up here.

Three tips to strengthen the organization’s digital sovereignty

Ensure where data is physically stored and processed, locally in Sweden or within the EU. Ensure that the data is protected and complies with the legislation in Sweden and the EU, to ensure data sovereignty. Have full legal control regarding data storage so that data is protected in the country where the legislation exists and prevents access from third-party countries and external authorities.Read more about digital sovereignty here The article is produced by Brand Studio in collaboration with Tieto Evry and not an article by Dagens industri

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