Gartner Research

Determining Criteria for Cloud Security Assessment: It's More Than a Checklist

Published: 26 June 2013

ID: G00250701

Analyst(s): Daniel Blum, Erik Heidt


Enterprises need effective and efficient cloud security assessments. This document provides guidance on developing assessment criteria that leverages existing frameworks for public cloud computing and uses risk to prioritize assessment criteria.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings

Guidance Context

  • Problem Statement
  • Guidance Applicability
  • Related Guidance

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Step 1: Understand Business and Security Context of Cloud Assessment and Use
    • What's the Same
    • What's Different
    • Issues and Limitations
  • Step 2: Model and Assess Risk of Cloud Use
    • Identify Inherent Risks or Potential Consequences of Use
    • Determine Residual Risk After Applying Compensating Controls
    • Determine CSP Trust Requirements
    • Develop Approved Patterns for Public Cloud Use
  • Step 3: Develop Assessment Criteria
    • Refine the Security Requirements for the Use Case
    • Study the Cloud Control Standards Landscape
    • Map Requirements to Assessment Criteria
  • Step 4: Perform Assessments and Monitoring
    • Leverage Third-Party Assessments
    • Conduct the Organization's Own Assessments
    • Perform Monitoring for Medium- or High-Trust CSPs
  • Revisit and Update Approach

Risks and Pitfalls


Recommended Reading

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