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Effective Security Assessment of Public Cloud Services

Published: 21 January 2016

ID: G00272880

Analyst(s): Erik Heidt


Effective assessments drive high-quality decisions, improve risk awareness, ensure business objectives are met, are resource-efficient and are necessary for quality public cloud service adoptions. Here, Gartner presents a framework for the evaluation of IaaS, SaaS and other public cloud services.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework
    • Review and Align With Cloud Strategy
    • Identify and Leverage Existing Procurement Processes
    • Document the Risk Treatment Process
    • Establish Realistic Cloud Expectations
  • Step 1: Identify Business and Risk Context
    • Business Impact Analysis
    • Compliance Mandates
    • Existing IT Expectations
  • Step 2: Structure and Perform the Assessment
    • Baseline Assessment
    • Deep-Dive Assessments
    • Third-Party Validations
    • Tenant Responsibilities
  • Step 3: Develop and Implement a Treatment Plan
    • Identify Gaps and Risks
    • Develop a Treatment Plan
    • Ensure Treatment Execution
  • Step 4: Monitor for and Address Change
    • Business Needs and Use
    • CSP Capabilities
    • Compliance Mandates
  • Follow-Up

Risks and Pitfalls

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