Gartner Research

Address Security-Related Business Risk While Transitioning to Cloud Services

Published: 07 August 2017

ID: G00327387

Analyst(s): Mark Judd

Summary

Business-outcome-driven risk assessments are necessary for quality public cloud service adoptions. Technical professionals dealing with security can use this framework to conduct a risk evaluation of a public cloud service offering.

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 Mitigation Process
    • Establish Realistic Cloud Expectations
  • Step 1: Identify Business and Risk Context
    • Conduct Business Impact Analysis
    • Identify Compliance Mandates
    • Align Existing IT Expectations
    • Identify Appropriate CSP Tier
  • Step 2: Structure and Perform the Assessment
    • Third-Party Certifications/Services
    • Identify Business/CSP Responsibilities
    • Conduct a Baseline Assessment
    • Perform Deep-Dive Assessments
  • Step 3: Develop and Implement a Mitigation Plan
    • Identify Gaps and Risks
    • Develop a Mitigation Plan
    • Ensure Mitigation Execution
    • Mitigate Business/CSP Risks
  • Step 4: Monitor for and Address Change
    • Align Business Needs and Use
    • Support Compliance Mandates
    • Track the Threat Landscape
    • Track CSP Evolving Capabilities
  • Follow-Up

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