Cloud Computing Code of Practice - New Zealand

Name of the programme: Cloud Computing Code of Practice

Governing of the standard: Institute of IT Professionals (IITP) New Zealand

Accreditation Body/Bodies: Institute of IT Professionals (IITP) New Zealand



  • Ownership of Information
  • Security
  • Data location
  • Data access and use
  • Backup and maintenance
  • Geographical Diversity
  • SLA and Support
  • Data Transportability
  • Business Continuity
  • Ownership of Application
  • Customer Engagement
  • Data Breaches
  • Law Enforcement
  • Region Specific Issues

Cloud-relevance: It refers to all types of cloud services and models.

Type of certifiable organisation: Any providers operating in New Zealand and any New Zealand provider that operates outside the country.

Type of trust models applicable: Benchmark-test

Is the certification proprietary or open: Open

Programme, status (operational, in development): Operational

The CloudCode is a voluntary disclosure-based Code of Practice that has been developed to improve the standard of services being provided by Cloud Service Providers.  It also provides Cloud Service Consumers with the ability to view and compare disclosure statements from Cloud Service Providers and make informed choices when considering a Cloud Service Provider.

Cloud Code allows providers to expose specific details about the way they treat their clients’ data and applications. It gives users the opportunity to have a closer look at the in-house operations that take place within the provider’s infrastructure.

Providers that wish to be certified, need to disclose a series of information that are related to certain internal operations that are of interest for potential customers. That information is then stored in centralized database where potential users of the providers can consult in order to assess whether the providers can meet their security and operation requirements. This providers a common framework that can help users evaluate the applicability and efficiency of providers for their systems allowing them to know beforehand how their data will be treated.

Download the full CloudCode report