Cloud code of practice workshop

New industries create new issues, and cloud computing is no exception. Key players in the cloud computing industry have a responsibility to protect customers.  The industry itself depends on companies acting responsibly.

This was an issue identified at the recent NetHui conference held in Auckland, New Zealand and we took an action away to get the industry together to discuss and potentially come up with a Cloud Code of Practice for industry participants to follow.

In Wellington on Thursday 01 September from 9am to 1pm, we’ll be hosting a workshop to start moving towards this goal. We’d like to invite other software providers, government policymakers, industry representatives and end users to help us get started.

Some of the topics we’ll explore include:

  • The implications of data being offshore
  • Responsibilities around being the custodian of client data
  • Responsibilities when a customer leaves
  • How to manage change of ownership of a customer
  • What are the best security practices to uphold the industry’s reputation

We hope this first workshop will map out a framework of items to consider.

Ideally we’d like around 20-30 industry players for this workshop. We do suspect that many more will want to attend, so please register your interest using the form below and we’ll report back on who we can accommodate.

To facilitate an open dialog, this session will not be open to the media but we expect to report back on progress publicly.

The Privacy Commission has indicated its interest in attending as an observer.

While it will take time to establish a clear direction for New Zealand cloud computing providers, this workshop, we hope, will be a good first step.

Register your interest form

2 Comments

Ben Kepes
August 12, 2011 at 9:41 am

Congrats on the initiative, hopefully sufficient players rock up to ensure it’s kept neutral. but yeah, absolutely an important discussion to have…

Ben Winslade
August 16, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Great initiative. As well reassuring customers, there are likely to be long and short term legal compliance benefits for cloud providers if this type of code can be put in place. In the absence of more specific guidance on the (presently unclear) legal requirements, being able to say you comply with a definitive industry code will be a useful reference point.

If a code gets decent industry buy-in, it may prevent more onerous regulation down the line, and at the very least it will be a starting point from which any further regulation that does occur can be built on and influenced by.

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