Technology and laws continuously evolve, but technology tends to do so at a much more rapid pace. The result is that laws have a difficult time staying current and pertinent. Though you may have initially done an effective job at capturing any compliance requirements in the contract, it's important to track any subsequent technical and legal changes and their impact on your use of the cloud service and the vendor's continued compliance. To ensure that your contract remains current relative to pertinent laws, it's important to review things at least once a year and potentially update to reflect any pertinent changes.
Thomas Trappler is director of software licensing at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a nationally recognized expert, consultant and published author in cloud computing risk mitigation via contract negotiation and vendor management. For more information, please visit thomastrappler.com.
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