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Richard Santalesa, Senior Counsel, Information Law Group to Speak at KC’s Contracting for Cloud Computing Services: What You Need to Know Live Webcast

New York, NY, December 21, 2011 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced that Richard Santalesa, Senior Counsel, Information Law Group will speak at the Knowledge Congress’ webcast entitled: “Contracting for Cloud Computing Services: What You Need to Know.” This event is scheduled on February 14, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM ET.

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About Richard Santalesa

Richard Santalesa is Senior Counsel in Information Law Group's east coast office, based in Fairfield, Connecticut, with over twenty years of technology experience. He focuses on representing clients on electronic commerce and internet issues, software, privacy and data security, outsourcing and other commercial arrangements involving intellectual property and data security. As a co-founder in the late ‘90’s of NYC-based Virtual Growth, Inc., Richard served as Director of Technology to plan and implement the firm's infrastructure as the company grew to over 90 employees. At Virtual Growth Santalesa developed a first-hand understanding of the intersection of fast-paced technology and business needs as the firm prepared for a nation-wide rollout of its outsourced accounting services.

Immediately prior to joining the Information Law Group he served as Outside Counsel to FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation, Valhalla, NY, where he provided counsel to numerous FUJIFILM entities in North America and as Legal Counsel to Ipsos America, Inc., New York, NY, the American holding company for Ipsos S.A., a publicly held global market research company headquartered in France with offices and subsidiaries around the world. Richard has also been an associate at well-respected New York and Connecticut law firms. He is a member of the IAPP and active in other legal, privacy and security organizations. A frequent speaker and writer on legal issues, he was a recent co-author on the ABA’s recent 2011 treatise addressing information security legal issues and an editor on Ken Adam’s recognized contracting treatise, a Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, 2nd Ed, published by the ABA.

Event Synopsis:

Migrating data from internal servers to “the cloud” has become a cost effective data management strategy for many firms in the last few years. Doing so however often requires entering into agreements with a number of complicated provisions which may lead to unexpected legal entanglements down the road. Businesses can potentially place themselves at risk if they do not scrutinize these arrangements before signing the contract. These risks are often related to data security, compliance, service availability and vendor lock-in which should make companies more mindful in purchasing cloud services. Companies really need to be in the know before moving to “the Cloud”

The Knowledge Group is producing a two-hour live webcast which will explore the issues and concerns surrounding cloud computing contracts. A panel of key regulators and thought experts will provide valuable information and analysis regarding contract provisions, risks and best practices. Speakers will discuss:
‒ Necessary Provisions in the Contract or Service Level Agreement (SLA) with Cloud Service Provider (CSP)
‒ Privacy and Data Security Considerations
‒ Contract Negotiation Process
‒ Risk Identification, Assessment and Mitigation
‒ And Other Regulatory Updates

About The Knowledge Group, LLC/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series

The Knowledge Congress is a series of live webcasts produced by The Knowledge Group, LLC, which examine trends, regulatory, and technology changes across a variety of industries. Its mission is to produce unbiased, objective, and educational live webcasts that examine industry trends and regulatory changes from a variety of different perspectives. The goal is to deliver a unique multilevel analysis of an important issue affecting business in a highly focused format. For further information, please visit the organization’s website:

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