Data security in the cloud…

The security of all data, especially cloud data, is extremely important. That’s why, for example, Konica Minolta relies only on the latest standards in cloud print security, such as the Zero Trust principle. Their data centers in Germany and Sweden are divided into different security zones. In an emergency, data centers support each other so that your data is doubly secure at all times – equally protected from virtual attacks and from floods or fires.

Are you and your company already using the cloud? Or would you rather rely on your own IT infrastructure, IT buildings and servers? You may even have your own data center. In any case, you are certainly facing the pressing question of the modern age: How well will the data center be protected in the face of the increasing consequences of climate change, such as floods and heat waves?

Physical Security: Only strict security standards provide protection

There have been a number of climate change-related disasters in Europe and around the world recently: hurricanes, torrential rains, and floods in Germany, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, and even New York caused severe damage in some cases.

According to official maps, Konica Minolta data centers in Germany and Sweden are located outside of the areas that experience even the worst floods.

However, heat waves or fires, as we have seen this year in Turkey, Greece and Italy, also pose a real threat to all people, businesses and institutions.

Multi-level fire protection concepts

In March 2021, a devastating fire broke out at the OVH data center in Strasbourg, France. The data center and about 12,000 servers were completely burned out, and about 3.6 million sites suddenly lost connectivity.

Therefore, Konica Minolta data centers have a multi-stage shooting concept based on several different strategies. All server rooms have a fire resistance of at least 90 minutes and are equipped with an early fire detection system – along with infrared smoke detectors and thermal sensors for monitoring.

The installed fire extinguishing systems are based on the Novec 1230 fire extinguisher and guarantee the highest level of safety.
In addition, the power supply in both data centers is set up as an independent uninterruptible system in conjunction with safe emergency power generators.

What happens in the event of a power outage?

Natural disasters or even fires can put your business and information technology at risk, but there are other risks: what happens to the data, for example, if there is a power outage? Is there a risk of data loss and loss? Of course not, because effective safety standards are important here too.

The data center in Germany is equipped with “emergency power generators”, ie. With two independent batteries and two independent diesel engines. The data center in Sweden contains two independent power sources (2N power system) with multi-redundant block technology. This means that the generators can operate independently of each other for at least 72 hours in Germany and 24 hours in Sweden.

Physical Security: Why Different Safety Zones Are So Important

Securing the data center itself, ie. Buildings and their surroundings are another important element in ensuring the security of all data.

Our data centers protect and defend five different security areas, each of which enforces the highest security standards. These areas are:
1. Campus
2. Log in to the data center
3. Connecting aisle
4. Technical environment
5. Server room

Secure Data Center Features

The Konica Minolta data center in Germany is ISO 27001** and DIN EN 50600 certified, which means it meets the highest security standards and complies with GDPR guidelines: for example, it provides end-to-end data encryption – for both storage and transmission data .

The data center is currently expanding in Sweden. Once completed, it will also meet the highest standards of the Swedish Civil Disaster Agency (MSB) and receive the highest safety class (3).

Each client is provided with complete network isolation, including its own network segment, routers, and firewalls. For more security, it is possible to opt for a mini-hash. This means that instead of one central firewall, the firewall is partitioned (broken into small pieces). Thus, in the event of a vulnerability, there is no risk of failure of the entire system.

Thinking about tomorrow

For the safe and reliable operation of data centers in the future, it is essential that they are built sustainably and are optimally powered. Our data centers in Germany and Sweden use 100% renewable energy.

For example, the Konica Minolta data center in Hanover does not require additional cooling or air conditioning up to an external temperature of 27 ° C, but is cooled exclusively by ambient air.

Cloud Print Security

Physical security concepts protect our data centers from fires, power outages and intrusions. However, security IT strategies also play an important role in the secure protection of all data, including cloud printing.

In Europe, almost half of all companies use cloud solutions. According to various surveys conducted by independent organizations, about three-quarters of all companies are concerned about security breaches during printing. With a certified cloud solutions provider, cloud printing couldn’t be more secure.

Not only large companies, but also many medium and small companies operate today in a flexible and mobile manner. This means that more and more smart grid functions are being created in a variety of locations.

In doing so, a secure connection between the print infrastructure and the cloud is a key basis for ensuring the secure establishment of all these network-connected functions.

Access control with secure authentication.

Konice Minolte’s CloudPrint HCP solution provides security at different levels: Encryption provides secure encryption protocols for data transmitted at all transmission points.

The no-trust principle ensures that no secure authentication is done before printing. Basically, this means that there is no trustworthy person inside or outside the network. Instead, throughout the printing process, don’t trust anyone without secure authentication.

In addition, EveryonePrint HCP provides true data separation: the users in the database are separated by directories or the physical database is separated. This means that there are no interfaces with other clients and your data cannot be seen by others.

On-premises or cloud – which is right for my organization?

Finally, a brief summary of the differences between the two models: “On-site” refers to information solutions in which software is installed and hosted on internal servers at a company’s site.
The opposite is true for cloud solutions, where the principle of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) applies – in this case, the IT infrastructure and software are sourced from an external provider as a service.

Odgovorite na naslednja vprašanja zase ali za svoj oddelek, da se odločite, Ne veste kateri od obeh modelov je primernejši za vaše zahteve? Odgovorite na naslednja vprašanja - povzeli smo nekaj misli, ki jih lahko upoštevate pri odgovarjanju na vprašanja:
1. Kje sem/smo na področju varnosti?
Pri rešitvah v oblaku se pogosto pojavljajo pomisleki glede varnosti. Upravičeno, saj med ponudniki obstajajo razlike. Toda, ko gre za varnost, je certificiran podatkovni center praktično nepremagljiv.
2. Pomembno vprašanje, ko gre za varnost tiskanja v oblaku je, kako je urejeno morebitno sodelovanje z drugimi uveljavljenimi partnerji v IT sektorju?
Konica Minolta je certificiran Microsoftov globalni partner. Poleg tega je naša oblačna platforma bizhub Evolution priporočeni partner za Google Chrome Enterprise. 
3. S katerimi viri trenutno razpolagamo?
Na primer v smislu strojne opreme, pasovne širine, osebja itd.
4. Katere vire bomo potrebovali v prihodnosti?
Na primer v smislu strojne opreme, pasovne širine, osebja itd.
5. Katere pravne zahteve veljajo za moje/naše podjetje?
Na primer v smislu predpisov o skladnosti in varstvu podatkov.

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