Gartner Research

Staying Secure in the Cloud Is a Shared Responsibility

Published: 07 April 2016

ID: G00296799

Analyst(s): Steve Riley


While public cloud providers typically have strong control attestations, numerous compliance certifications and their own security features, CSPs cannot offer complete security. CISOs and security leaders must understand the scope of their responsibilities for security in the cloud.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges
  • Recommendations



  • Incorporate Appropriate Identity and Access Management
  • Isolate Data at Rest With Encryption
  • Segment and Contain Traffic With Virtual Network and Filtering Controls
  • Establish a Security Control Plane for Better Visibility and Automation
  • Take Full Responsibility for Application and Instance Security
  • Back Up All Data in a Distinct Fault Domain
  • Investigate the Potential of Being "Compliant by Inclusion"

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