Gartner Research

Developing a Cloud Computing Security Strategy

Published: 21 May 2010

ID: G00204001

Analyst(s): Daniel Blum


Organizations need a strategy to leverage cloud computing in a secure manner. In this guidance document, Burton Group Principal Analyst Dan Blum discusses how to align cloud computing governance with security organizations, IT groups, and business units. This document also discusses architectural considerations, cloud computing use cases, service provider assessment criteria, and cloud-enabling the organization's IT security infrastructure.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings

Guidance Context

  • Problem Statement
  • Guidance Applicability
  • Related Guidance

The Burton Group Approach

Guidance Framework

  • Understand Cloud Computing Security from Both Industry and Organizational Perspectives
  • Assess the Organization's Cloud Computing Security Governance
  • Facilitate Alignment on Cloud Security Strategy with Business Units and IT
  • Define the Use Cases to Drive Overall Cloud Security Architecture
    • Be Aware of Unanswered Questions
    • Cover Use Cases and Stay Flexible
  • Update Security Processes
    • Project Management and Rules of Engagement
    • Risk Management
    • Legal and Procurement
    • Vendor Management
    • Audit
    • E-Discovery
    • Incident Response
  • Develop Security Assessment and Audit Criteria
  • Cloud-Enable Security Infrastructure and Services
    • Finding the Gaps
    • Controlling, Enabling, and Monitoring Usage
  • Ensure User Awareness and Knowledge
  • Revisit Cloud Security Strategy and Governance Periodically

Risks and Pitfalls

  • Overprotecting or Misjudging Cloud
  • Neglecting Cloud Security



Revision History

©2021 Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Gartner is a registered trademark of Gartner, Inc. and its affiliates. This publication may not be reproduced or distributed in any form without Gartner’s prior written permission. It consists of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization, which should not be construed as statements of fact. While the information contained in this publication has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, Gartner disclaims all warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of such information. Although Gartner research may address legal and financial issues, Gartner does not provide legal or investment advice and its research should not be construed or used as such. Your access and use of this publication are governed by Gartner’s Usage Policy. Gartner prides itself on its reputation for independence and objectivity. Its research is produced independently by its research organization without input or influence from any third party. For further information, see Guiding Principles on Independence and Objectivity.

Already have a Gartner Account?

Become a client

Learn how to access this content as a Gartner client.