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Developing a Cloud Computing Security Strategy

Published: 21 May 2010

ID: G00204001

Analyst(s): Daniel Blum

Summary

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

Conclusion

Notes

Revision History

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