Cloud Computing Policy

Cloud computing is a term used to describe IT offerings which can be purchased as a service and used across the internet. These services offer convenience and flexibility; however the processes involved in correctly procuring and evaluating cloud services can be complex and subject to legal, ethical and policy compliance requirements.

That is why to help meet the challenges of adopting this new technology IS Services have developed policy and guidelines to assist College in the selection and use of cloud services.  The guidelines include a checklist to be used by anyone considering a cloud computing service for all or part of their official College work.

The checklist addresses the following:
– Stakeholder and institutional requirements  – deals with the service and the implications of its use for the College.
– Vendor considerations – outlines issues to be considered in relation to the vendor offering the service.
– Data issues – deals with College data and the implications of its use, considers if the cloud solution justifies the risk of processing data offsite and the   possible costs of security audits.  For sensitive data a College hosted system may offer cost savings in the long term.
– Payments details
– Support arrangements
– Exit strategy – clarifies what happens when the cloud service ends.

So if you are already using, or are planning in the future to start using, a cloud computing solution then please review the Cloud Computing Policy and Guidelines.

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