Latest draft EU cloud certification scheme proposes tiered approach

11/05/2023 | EURACTIV

The draft EU Cybersecurity Certification Scheme for Cloud Services proposes a tiered sovereignty model. The latest draft includes earlier sovereignty requirements "to provide some guarantees about the independence from non-EU law," but creates a new high+ subcategory, requiring cloud services to be "operated only by companies based in the EU, with no entity from outside the EU having effective control over the (cloud service provider)." According to The Register, the approach could see non-EU-based providers, including Amazon, Microsoft and Google, having to partner with local providers in order to obtain certification. A technical group will review the draft at the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) conference on 26 May. 

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