As global trade and commerce continue to expand, an increasing number of businesses are operating in multiple countries and regions across the globe.

This presents a unique set of challenges when it comes to data security, as businesses need to navigate a complex landscape of laws, regulations, and cultural differences.

In this month’s Ask Albion blog, we talk to Albion Languages General Manager Alistair Binks about the crucial role software localisation can play in protecting the data security of international businesses.

What is software localisation?

Software localisation is the process of adapting software to meet the linguistic, cultural, and technical requirements of a specific country or region. This can include localising the user interface, modifying date and number formats, and adjusting currency symbols. However, software localisation also includes looking at security considerations to ensure that the software complies with local data protection laws and regulations.

How can software localisation help international businesses?

One of the key ways that software localisation can protect the data security of international businesses is by ensuring compliance with local laws and regulations. Different countries and regions have their own set of data protection laws, and failure to comply with these laws can result in significant fines and penalties.

Software localisation can help businesses stay compliant by ensuring that the software meets the specific requirements of each country or region. This can include encrypting sensitive data, providing robust user access controls, and implementing data retention policies that comply with local laws.

Can software localisation help with data security?

Yes, software localisation can protect data security by reducing the risk of data breaches. When software is translated into various languages, it is also reviewed and tested to ensure that it functions correctly and securely. This process can help identify potential vulnerabilities and weaknesses in the software, which can then be addressed before they can be exploited by cybercriminals.

Additionally, localisation can also help improve the overall usability of the software, which can reduce the risk of human error and ensure that users are less likely to make mistakes that could compromise data security.

What about cultural sensitivity?

Alongside these technical considerations, software localisation helps to safeguard cultural sensitivity. When businesses operate in different countries and regions, they need to be aware of cultural differences and tailor their software accordingly. For example, data privacy concerns may be more important in some cultures than others. By taking cultural sensitivities into account, businesses can ensure that their software is accepted and trusted by users in different countries and regions, which can help to improve overall security.

What are the next steps?

Businesses that operate in multiple countries and regions should consider software localisation as an important part of their overall data security strategy. If this is an area that you find daunting or intimidating, don’t worry, our knowledgeable team can talk you through your options, simply get in touch today.