Gartner Research

Cloud Computing Security in the Enterprise

Published: 15 July 2009

ID: G00203782

Analyst(s): Daniel Blum


Cloud computing is a strong economic and technical force that is transforming IT, but enterprise customers are concerned about security. In this overview, Principal Analyst Dan Blum walks readers through cloud computing security risks and opportunities that demand a rethink, but not a reinvention, of security programs. This overview also describes changing security postures, architectures of technical safeguards, customer perspectives, and industry perspectives on cloud computing security.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


  • Dark Clouds
  • Silver Linings
  • What's the Same, What's Different from Traditional IT?
  • Vendor Camps
  • Rethinking Security for Cloud
    • Compliance Casts a Long Shadow, but Audit Falls Short
    • Not Just Audit; Other Processes Change
    • Security Management: A New Focus Needed
    • Technical Architecture Implications
  • Recommendations
    • Recommendations for Enterprises
    • Recommendations for Industry

The Details

  • A Systematic, Comprehensive Security Program Rethink
    • Business Risk Management
    • Security Program, Posture, and Policies over Time
    • Audit and Compliance
    • Incident Response, E-Discovery, and Investigations
    • Development and Operational Procedures Including Change Control and Testing
    • Legal and Vendor Management
    • Technical Safeguards



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