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Contracting for Cloud Computing Services: What You Need to Know
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Migrating data from internal servers to “the cloud” has become a cost effective data management strategy for many firms in the last few years. Doing so however often requires entering into agreements with a number of complicated provisions which may lead to unexpected legal entanglements down the road. Businesses can potentially place themselves at risk if they do not scrutinize these arrangements before signing the contract. These risks are often related to data security, compliance, service availability and vendor lock-in which should make companies more mindful in purchasing cloud services. Companies really need to be in the know before moving to “the Cloud”

The Knowledge Group is producing a two-hour live web cast which will explore the issues and concerns surrounding cloud computing contracts. A panel of key regulators and thought experts will provide valuable information and analysis regarding contract provisions, risks and best practices.

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Course Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: None
Method Of Presentation: Group-Based-Internet
Developer: The Knowledge Group, LLC
Recommended CLE/CPE Hours: 1.75 - 2.0
Advance Preparation: Print and review course materials
Course Code: 114209
Recording Fee: $299 (Please click here for details)


Featured Speakers for Contracting for Cloud Computing Services: What You Need to Know LIVE Webcast :

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Michael Platner, Partner,

  • • Data formatting and availability in the cloud—DR, Back up—and protection.
  • • Data center attributes—do we care?
  • • Source code escrow—the elephant in the room?
  • • Insurance requirements—who is covered, who needs to be?

Richard Corley, Partner,

  • • Key Business / Legal Issues
  • • Negotiation Strategies
  • • Jurisdictional and Regulatory Implications, including Canadian Regulation of Personal, Health and Banking Information
  • • Key Differences Between Cloud Computing and Outsourcing
  • • Criteria for Choosing the Most Appropriate Computing Solution

David Wang, Attorney,
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

  • • Negotiation of Cloud Computing Agreements – Key Contract Issues
  • • Security and Privacy Concerns in the Cloud
  • • Legal Landscape: A Patchwork of Outdated Regulations
  • • IP Issues Associated With the Cloud
  • • Hosting of Third Party Content

Tim Cummins, President,
International Association for Contract and Commercial Management

  • • Not all Cloud acquisitions are equal. Factors that change their riskiness and the nature of the terms required might include:
    • - is the proposed contract for Cloud as a utility, or as a form of BPO?
    • - is the provider a stand-alone, or an integrator?
    • - is the provider from overseas, or domestic?
    • - will the services be used in markets with strong regulation, or weak regulation?
    • - do the services include personal data, or just general business information?
  • • Practical Background to Planning the Contract to Understand Internal Needs

Richard Santalesa, Senior Counsel,
Information Law Group

  • • Cloud SLA red flags to watch for in data security, privacy and compliance provisions
  • • Key contracting issues – “User’s Cloud Bill of Rights”
  • • Five Must Haves in Any Cloud Services Contract
  • • What to expect from the coming increase in Federal cloud usage, by way of standard and recommendations more broadly applicable to commercial cloud users

Dawn Leaf, Senior Executive for Cloud Computing,
National Institute of Standards and Technology

  • • Top 10 High Priority USG requirements to accelerate cloud adoption (interoperability, portability, security)
  • • Underlying fundamental security paradigm shift – traditional reliance on logical and physical boundaries
  • • Need to develop a cloud security framework that supports different organization values (global perspective)
  • • Polarization – private vs. public cloud service model
  • • Highlights: recommended next steps from a technical perspective

Michael Platner
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Richard Corley
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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
David Wang
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International Association for Contract and Commercial Management
Tim Cummins
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Information Law Group
Richard Santalesa
Senior Counsel
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National Institute of Standards and Technology
Dawn Leaf
Senior Executive for Cloud Computing
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Who Should Attend?

‒ IT Officers and Professionals
‒ Business Managers with Cloud Computing Responsibility
‒ Procurement and Sourcing Officers
‒ Privacy and Data Security Lawyers
‒ General Counsel
‒ Attorneys
‒ Risk Officers
‒ Auditors
‒ Private Companies
‒ Public Companies
‒ And other related professionals

Why Attend?

This is a must attend event for anyone interested in learning the issues in contracting cloud computing services.
‒ Detailed guidance explained by the most qualified key leaders & experts
‒ Hear directly from key regulators & thought leaders
‒ Interact directly with panel during Q&A

Enroll in this course today by clicking the “Register” button below. Space is limited and significant discounts apply for early registrants.

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The Knowledge Group, LLC is producing this event for information purposes only. We do not intend to provide or offer business advice. The contents of this event are based upon the opinions of our speakers. The Knowledge Congress does not warrant their accuracy and completeness. The statements made by them are based on their independent opinions and does not necessarily reflect that of The Knowledge Congress' views. In no event shall The Knowledge Congress be liable to any person or business entity for any special, direct, indirect, punitive, incidental or consequential damages as a result of any information gathered from this webcast.





















Contracting for Cloud Computing Services: What You Need to Know
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Speaker Firms:

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Information Law Group

National Institute of Standards and Technology


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