How to Evaluate Cloud Service Provider Security

Published: 29 November 2017 ID: G00340272


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Security and risk management leaders continue to experience challenges to efficiently and reliably determine whether cloud service providers are secure. Effective cloud security assessment processes require a very pragmatic and risk-oriented approach.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Analysis
    • Implement a Process to Quickly Determine the Specific Security and Control Objectives for Each Use Case
    • Take Advantage of Formal and De Facto Cloud Security Standards
      • Control Frameworks
      • Third-Party Processes
    • Optimize Your Use of Provider Security Information
      • Formal On-Site Evaluation
      • Security Rating Services
      • Formal Third-Party Security Assessments
      • Questionnaires
    • Base the Rigor of Your CSP Assessment on the Significance of the Anticipated Utilization
    • Tailor Your Assessments to the Size and Sophistication of the Individual CSP
      • Tier 1 CSPs
      • Tier 2 CSPs
      • Tier 3 CSPs
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