Mimecast has announced its German data centres are officially open for business.
The two replicated data centres are in separate colocated facilities in Frankfurt am Main and are operating on Mimecast’s cloud infrastructure and MimeOS software architecture.
Using Mimecast’s security, business continuity, and archiving services, the facilities are fully compliant with both GDPR and German data protection laws.
These new data centres bring the company’s total count to 12 facilities around the world across the UK, US, South Africa, Australia, offshore in the Channel Islands, and now Germany.
Mimecast CEO Peter Bauer says the company is preparing for rapid growth in the region, largely driven by Germany’s cautious yet pragmatic approach to cloud.
“Concerns remain over where data is stored and what happens when critical services like email fail, creating security risks and disrupting workplace productivity,” says Bauer.
“Our new German data centres will allow us to help organisations adopt a cyber resilience strategy to secure, preserve and continue the flow of information via email.”
Statistics from Mimecast certainly back up Bauer’s prediction, as only 13 percent of survey German organisations have so far adopted a complete cyber resilience strategy, while 88 percent considered this as ‘crucial’ or ‘very important’/
Email attacks have also become more prevalent in the last 12 months, with 48 percent confessing to witnessing a rise in malware and ransomware through email attachments, while 35 percent have seen more impersonation fraud asking employees to make financial transactions. Furthermore, the majority or German organisations (59 percent) are ‘concerned’ about the implications of not being GDPR-compliant.
“We’ve invested heavily in Munich to setup our regional hub for Central Europe expansion. This includes German-speaking customer service, technical support and reseller program management,” says Mimecast country manager for Central Europe Michael Heuer.
“Our German research shows disruptive email attacks are on the rise, but enterprises are yet to respond with the cyber resilience posture they wish to seek.”
An example of a German company migrating its services to Mimecast’s German facilities is international audit, tax and advisory firm Mazars, as explained by Group CISO Jayson Dudley.
“Protecting client confidentiality and data security is paramount to our business, and guaranteed data sovereignty in Germany helps us meet our European compliance objectives,” says Dudley.
“Mimecast is our first line of defence against growing volumes of ransomware and phishing attacks by email."
Mimecast has confirmed that its first customers have already begun onboarding.