Cloud Computing: Requirements for Supplier Evaluation and Supplier Audits

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The best solution is the well-known audit on site where the auditor can get an objective impression of the quality and performance of the future contractual partner.

Depending on the scope of services one or two days on site can be sufficient for an audit of IaaS. In the case of SaaS applications, a very detailed control of the cloud service provider needs to be carried out since this service provider also takes over crucial parts of validation. Here, an audit duration of 5-7 auditor-days is quite common.

Depending on the services outsourced the lead auditor should call in further experts (for instance from the area of security) in order to obtain a complete impression.

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