Solution Strongdox now bears official Austrian seal of approval for cloud solutions
(VIENNA / ANSFELDEN / SENIGALLIA) – 24 January 2023 – Namirial now bears the Ö-Cloud seal of approval for Strongdox, the solution for long-term archiving of electronic documents. This seal of approval stands as a guarantee for particularly secure data management and protection against data misuse, as well as for transparent information from the providers awarded this seal of approval.
The Namirial solution for long-term archiving Strongdox is part of Namirial’s portfolio for document management. The solution is used by companies in the private sector as well as in public administration. With Strongdox, electronic documents of material, informal cultural or historical value can be permanently preserved and retention obligations fulfilled. The documents are stored securely, protected from manipulation and can be made available at any time if required. Legal requirements for long-term archiving can be found in Austrian law, for example, in the Austrian Commercial Code, the Tax Code and the Principles of Data Access and Verifiability of Digital Documents.
Long-term archiving of data also offers the possibility of accessing existing know-how or selling it to interested parties if required (exploitation of patents). For public institutions such as libraries or state archives, the long-term archiving of documents is the basis of their activities. For business documents, the archiving period prescribed by law according to Commercial Code and Principles of Data Access and Verifiability of Digital Documents is up to ten years, for patient data it is at least 10 years. For documents concerning legal proceedings, the retention period is 30 years, for example, for default summonses, case files or judgements.
Strongdox is the first solution from a provider headquartered outside of Austria to qualify for this seal of approval for cloud services according to the strict criteria. Out of around 100 solutions that applied for the Ö-Cloud seal of approval, only they were able to successfully complete the strict audit process. Federica Marti and Andreas van der Linden were pleased to receive the award from Maria Ulmer (Head of Section V Digitalisation and E-Government at the Federal Ministry of Finance) and Tobias Höllwarth (EuroCloud) in Vienna on 11 January 2023.
In Italy, the solution has already been an officially accredited solution for several years according to the requirements of the Agency for Digital Italy (Agenzia per l’Italia digitale, AgID).
To qualify for the Ö-Cloud seal of approval, providers must undergo an extensive self-evaluation. This process is carried out by the non-profit association Eurocloud Austria on behalf of the Ö-Cloud Initiative. This initiative of the Austrian federal government aims to make companies more aware of the advantages of cloud services, to simplify their use and to build and maintain trust in these services. For this purpose, standardised framework conditions for data protection and data exchange were created, and information on providers was collected and published in a structured form.
As part of the self-evaluation, 135 criteria, 28 of which are additionally checked by external auditors. These criteria include transparency of providers, security, operation of data centres, operational processes, applications such as IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, contractual terms and conformity with regulatory framework conditions such as the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
The information provided by the providers is freely accessible to everyone on the Eurocloud website and is thus transparent and fully available for download at any time for each listed cloud service. The Ö-Cloud seal of approval is valid for one year and must then be renewed by the cloud service provider. Interested parties in cloud services can therefore easily research information from the providers and make it part of their choice of provider and contract design. Through 135 essential and for the customer important questions about the cloud service are already answered in writing. The Ö-Cloud seal of quality thus creates a high degree of transparency and trust. The catalogue of quality criteria on which a self-evaluation is based is available for download on the Eurocloud website in the currently valid version. The project report on the audit of Namirial Strongdox is also available on this website under project number 12865.
Eurocloud is a European organisation promoting the trustworthy use of cloud computing, active in 27 countries.
Namirial is accredited as a provider of qualified trust services according to the EU Regulation 910/2014 eIDAS and significantly supports the digitalisation of processes in both private business and public administration. Namirial’s customers simplify their processes, benefit from greater efficiency and shorten their turnaround times. The company offers solutions for software-as-a-service (SaaS) in a public and a private cloud, as well as for operation in its own data centre.
Together with its international network of over 150 strategic partners, Namirial serves over three million customers worldwide and processes several million transactions daily. Namirial was founded in 2000 in Senigallia, Italy, and today has offices in 18 countries with 820 employees. In German-speaking countries, Namirial has subsidiaries in Germany and Austria.
About Namirial in Austria
Namirial GmbH, based in Ansfelden and headed by Managing Director Klaus Fellner, has been a subsidiary of Namirial S.p.A. since the end of 2015. Namirial’s portfolio is continuously adapted to the specific needs of the Austrian market. An experienced team from Ansfelden looks after the rapidly growing number of customers, partners and interested parties in Austria. Customers in Austria include Mercedes-Benz, the Raiffeisen Group, Swiss Life Select, Unicredit Bank Austria and Trenkwalder.
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