The delivery of computing as a service -- rather than a product -- in which resources, software and information are provided to computers and other devices as a utility, offers the promise of reducing soaring IT costs and focusing on core operations. However, the Cloud's potential cost savings and operational efficiencies can be quickly lost if a company's written policies and actual practices do not anticipate and address the legal issues raised by entrusting data and other resources to third-parties. For example, contracts with cloud providers should address directly such key issues as data and computer security, data and application availability, record retention and management, data breach incident response, and e-discovery obligations. For multinational entities, compliance requires an understanding of local laws governing cross-border data transfers.
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