Implementing Governance for Public Cloud IaaS

Published: 25 January 2019 ID: G00365711

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Organizations are embracing public cloud IaaS for on-demand capacity, self-service and automation, but these benefits introduce new governance challenges. This document provides technical professionals with guidance on the policies and tools to achieve IaaS governance.

Table of Contents

  • Problem Statement
  • The Gartner Approach
  • The Guidance Framework
    • Prework
      • Align Governance to Your Organization’s Cloud Strategy
      • Form Your Governance Team
      • Describe Your Cloud Governance Principles
      • Align Your Organization on Terminology
    • Step 1: Define Policies
      • Step 1.1: Define Your Goals for Cloud Governance Policies
      • Step 1.2: Write Your Policies and Assign Into Gartner’s Cloud Management Platform Categories
      • Step 1.3: Make People Responsible and Make Decisions That Impact Policies
      • Step 1.4: Define Policy Exception Strategy
    • Step 2: Implement Preventative Controls
      • Step 2.1: Identify Policies for Which You Can Implement Preventative Controls
      • Step 2.2: Configure Policies in Cloud Provider’s Native Tools
      • Step 2.3: Define User Account Creation Workflow
      • Step 2.4: Automate Account Creation Workflow and Attach Policies
    • Step 3: Gain Total Visibility
      • Step 3.1: Enable and Lock Down Logging for All Cloud Resources
    • Step 4: Create an Audit Process to Implement Retrospective Controls
      • Step 4.1: Establish Continuous Automated Audit
      • Step 4.2: Map Remaining Policies to Tools That Can Automate Policy Checks and Enforcement
      • Step 4.3: Define Remediation Outcomes
      • Step 4.4: Implement Automated Remediation Workflow
    • Step 5: Implement Tooling Integration Strategy
      • Step 5.1: Integrate Data Repositories
      • Step 5.2: Federate Identity and Enable SSO
    • Follow-Up
  • Risks and Pitfalls
    • Related Guidance
  • Gartner Recommended Reading
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