Gartner Research

How to Evaluate Cloud Service Provider Security

Published: 05 April 2016

ID: G00295291

Analyst(s): Jay Heiser


Enterprise security and risk management teams continue to experience challenges efficiently and reliably determining whether cloud service providers are secure. Effective cloud security assessment processes require the pragmatic and flexible use of multiple forms of CSP security posture information.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Implement Organizational Policies That Require CSP Security Assessment and Usage Decisions
  • Determine Specific Security/Control Objectives for Each Use Case
  • Base the Rigor of Your CSP Assessment on the Significance of the Anticipated Utilization
  • Tailor Your Assessments to the Size and Sophistication of the Individual CSP
    • Tier 1 CSPs
    • Tier 2 CSPs
    • Tier 3 CSPs
    • The Bottom Line
  • Take Advantage of Formal and De Facto Cloud Security Standards
    • Frameworks
    • Third-Party Processes
  • Optimize Your Use of Provider Security Information
    • Formal On-Site Evaluation
    • Security Rating Services
    • Formal Third-Party Security Assessments
    • Questionnaires

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