Since the increase in global computer hacking attempts, the Czech Government and Czech consumers are becoming increasingly more security conscious. This demand is combined with a sixty percent increase in the amount of unstructured data over the last year. Compared to Western Europe, all companies operating on the Czech market that store electronic data considered ‘sensitive but not classified’ must hold a license issued by the Czech National Security Office License (NBU License). Last spring, the Supreme Court of the Czech Republic determined who is able to gain access to data, which firms are allowed to store data, and under which conditions. The government is preparing another amendment to the current law concerning the safety and storage of electronic data.
The data protection market uses Czech, and imported technology. The Czech market offers potential for U.S. suppliers, especially in the category of advanced electronic systems. U.S. companies should seek out Czech agents, distributors and partners to secure foothold on the local market. A new technology, dividing document’s sensitivity, is presently being installed at several Czech companies. The technology makes the process more effective through higher degree of safety, and the results are faster.
The protection, safety and storage of data in the Czech Republic is considered a necessity. Since the increasing number of hacker attacks in the United States, Russia and Europe, the matter has become of paramount importance and the business community, the Czech government and consumers at large have became more security conscious. The market has grown rapidly in recent years, with annual increases of seven percent, and the trend is expected to continue.
The data protection import market mainly includes software and hardware, as a domestic security industry offers high-tech electronic system components, training and equipment services, and less sophisticated security components (back-up tapes). The market offers potential for U.S. equipment suppliers, especially in the category of advanced electronic systems. U.S. companies should seek out Czech agents, distributors, and partners to secure footholds in the Czech market as well as in neighboring Central and East European countries.
Security equipment needs in the Czech market fall into four categories: military, police, civilian, and EU membership requirements.
• Czech Republic’s security equipment requirements include mainly imported software and hardware.
• Military: The primary goals include faster reaction to security issues and more flexibility.
• Civilian: Czech companies historically have not invested heavily in security. During inspection by EU specialists following recent hacking, they found out that only two-thirds of Czech companies provide efficient protection of their data.
• EU membership: The Czech Republic is a full member of the European Union. The EU encourages Czech government officials to invest more in security, particularly safety protections to avoid further leaks. A number of Czech government agencies have invested in security equipment due to increased safety awareness.
For additional information, many internal security issues and risks have been covered in a report published by the Czech Ministry of Interior. The Czech Republic fully complies with the Common European Security and Defense Policy.
Apart from Czech and EU requirements, the most substantial trend in the market is an increasing concern for security on the part of institutional and private clients. The second major trend is the rapidly increasing purchasing power of Czech consumers as incomes have increased with EU accession. The strengthened local currency against the dollar gives Czech consumers and institutions substantially heightened buying power for U.S. products.
The Czech Republic is responding to recent reports concerning hacking incidents. Some of the best prospects for U.S. companies include security devices dealing with on-line backup, solutions for storing large volumes of data (unlimited space), encrypted transfers, automated backup, external drive backup, immediate file recovery, multiple language versions, and 24/7 supervision.
Best prospect products include:
• Data recovery technologies
• Encrypted flash discs
• Process improvements technologies
• Data erasure certification technologies
• Memory cards
• Detectors / coded discs
• Monitoring systems
• Back-up tapes