An NDA is often the only way to close the scope of a software audit. Many software companies and their employed auditors may refuse to consider full pre-audit agreements. However, most of them generally agree to negotiate NDAs to control the processing of audit data. An audited entity should seize this opportunity by ensuring that the data to be disclosed is relevant to the type of questions the auditor may ask. Here are some important points you need to keep in mind: Many companies invest far too little effort to ensure proper confidentiality agreements during software audits. Some companies even completely neglect NDAS during the audit process and believe that they have no leverage to demand adequate protection of the information that auditors will ask of them. This is a mistake that can cost a company millions. The NDAS proposed by auditors often contain no restrictions on the confidential information they can disclose to their customers, the software publishers. Audited entities must ensure that the audit information subject to reporting is defined in the NDA in a manner consistent with the terms of the control licence agreements. The statutory auditor signs a confidentiality agreement and will only make IBM due and payable for the period under review. Christopher represents clients in a wide range of contexts related to business, intangible goods and information technology, trademark registration and enforcement issues, software and licensing and litigation, as well as mergers, assignments and service transactions. Christopher`s practice pays considerable attention to the concerns of media and technology companies and disputes related to new media, particularly the rapid evolution of content on the internet.
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