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Today there is an ever growing trend toward Cloud Computing, with many companies entrusting their data to an outsourced agency. As we approach the New Year, it seems like a good time to review all areas of your supply chain where risks might exist, and to mitigate these issues with risk aversion planning that will meet GDP compliance.

Data sharing is always considered an area where risk can occur, unless you know what you are sharing, who controls it, and who has ownership (whether temporary, or perhaps permanently).

So I will make this blog entry short and to the point. When you use a cloud database provided by a software solutions vendor, or a remote hosting service providing SAAS, or just simply remote secure data storage; make it a resolution in 2015 to know where that data is being stored, secured, and controlled.

You may find that there is nothing to worry about and all security and liability concerns are in place with your cloud partner. If you do not have this security in place, think about what the risks will be to your company if that data gets lost, hacked, or tampered with when an FDA, or vendor partner audit is scheduled to occur.

So be prepared and by looking at all potential risks in your supply chain. Perhaps this should involve a total overview of your risk aversion plans. Just another thing to focus on in the New Year.

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Peter Norton is a senior logistics and supply chain manager and consultant to the life science industry, with extensive experience in both the domestic US and global markets.

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