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CISO Playbook: How to Retain the Right Kinds of Control in the Cloud

Published: 21 March 2017

ID: G00304677

Analyst(s): Steve Riley


Security and risk management leaders need not worry that moving to the cloud requires relinquishing total control. It does require embracing a new mindset, with a renewed focus on identity, data and workloads, while becoming comfortable with giving up ownership of the underlying platform.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Security teams and developers have less affinity with cloud-based control concepts, leading to insufficiently controlled environments if left unattended
    • Identity and Access Management as the Foundation
    • Encryption as Additional Isolation
    • Data Formats for Preserving Portabiltiy
    • Recommendations
  • As regulatory concerns continue to increase toward some unpredictable future peak, cloud-using organizations must increasingly demonstrate that they are governing cloud use
    • Orientation of Control Policies
    • Location and Residency
    • Regulation Hasn't Reached Its Peak
    • Multitenancy Isn't Always Mandatory
    • Recommendations
  • While contracts favor CSPs, those responsible for procuring cloud need to pay close attention to the terms that bind the CSP with respect to protection of customer data and privacy
    • Recommendations

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