The right cloud questions to ask
"Lawyers balk at cloud computing contracts because they don't have all the facts. Until they have all the facts, the lawyer can't give you legal advice," observes "David Wells" (a pseudonym for a Fortune 500 corporate counsel who requested anonymity).
He notes that cloud questions should seek the same information journalists are supposed to gather: who, what, where, when, why and how? Wells and other lawyers suggest asking these questions:
- Why are we thinking of a public cloud? What are the trade-offs vis-a-vis storing the data on-site?
- What kind of data are we putting in the cloud? Is it personally identifiable or sensitive?
- Where are the servers located? What privacy laws govern those jurisdictions?How is the data stored and transmitted? Will it be encrypted?
- Who has access to the data? How is it physically protected?
- How quickly will we be notified if there's a breach?
Baldwin is a frequent contributor to Computerworld.
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