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August 9, 2011 / David Bleeker

Cloud computing: 4 tips for regulatory compliance

Cloud computing seems simple in concept, and indeed, simplicity of operation, deployment and licensing are its most appealing assets. But when it comes to questions of compliance, once you scratch the surface you’ll find more questions than you asked in the first place, and more to think about than ever before.

Compliance covers a lot of ground, from government regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley and the European Union Data Protection Act, to industry regulations such as PCI DSS for payment cards and HIPAA for health data. You may have internal controls in place, but moving to a public-cloud infrastructure platform, a cloud-based application suite or something in between will mean giving up some controls to the cloud vendor.

That’s a position many auditors — and CIOs and CEOs — find themselves in today. They want to know how to leap into cloud computing in a way that preserves their good standing in regulatory compliance. Here are four tips for keeping tabs on compliance in the cloud, from analysts, vendors and consultants. [read more]

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