Gartner Research

Managing Privacy Risks in the Public Cloud

Published: 07 May 2013

ID: G00251882

Analyst(s): Heidi L. Wachs

Summary

Privacy risks in the public cloud can be managed through technical and legal tools that identify, evaluate and mitigate associated risk. Whether the move to the public cloud is proactive or reactive, organizations must and can develop strategies specific to the privacy risks of the public cloud.

Table Of Contents

Guidance Context

  • Problem Statement
  • Guidance Applicability

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework
    • Establish a Cloud Team
    • Identify Known Assets in the Public Cloud
    • Determine the Organization's Level of Risk Acceptance
  • Step 1: Reactive Mode
    • Discover Existing Use of CSPs
    • Partner With the CSP
    • Conduct Privacy Impact Assessments
    • Determine Deal Breakers
    • Develop an Exit Strategy
  • Step 2: Proactive Mode
    • Identify Business Processes Moving to the Public Cloud
    • Examine Data Types and Flows
  • Step 3: Moving to the Public Cloud
    • Establish Risk-Based Security, Technical and Vendor Criteria
    • Formulate Privacy and Contract Requirements
    • Assess and Enhance Organizational Policy
  • Step 4: Educate and Preserve

Risks and Pitfalls

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