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Implementing Governance for Public Cloud IaaS

Summary

Organizations are embracing public cloud IaaS for on-demand capacity, self-service and automation, but these benefits introduce new governance challenges. This document provides technical professionals with guidance on the policies and tools to achieve IaaS governance.

Published: 25 January 2019

ID: G00365711

Analyst(s): Richard Watson Marco Meinardi

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework
    • Align Governance to Your Organization’s Cloud Strategy
    • Form Your Governance Team
    • Describe Your Cloud Governance Principles
    • Align Your Organization on Terminology
  • Step 1: Define Policies
    • Step 1.1: Define Your Goals for Cloud Governance Policies
    • Step 1.2: Write Your Policies and Assign Into Gartner’s Cloud Management Platform Categories
    • Step 1.3: Make People Responsible and Make Decisions That Impact Policies
    • Step 1.4: Define Policy Exception Strategy
  • Step 2: Implement Preventative Controls
    • Step 2.1: Identify Policies for Which You Can Implement Preventative Controls
    • Step 2.2: Configure Policies in Cloud Provider’s Native Tools
    • Step 2.3: Define User Account Creation Workflow
    • Step 2.4: Automate Account Creation Workflow and Attach Policies
  • Step 3: Gain Total Visibility
    • Step 3.1: Enable and Lock Down Logging for All Cloud Resources
  • Step 4: Create an Audit Process to Implement Retrospective Controls
    • Step 4.1: Establish Continuous Automated Audit
    • Step 4.2: Map Remaining Policies to Tools That Can Automate Policy Checks and Enforcement
    • Step 4.3: Define Remediation Outcomes
    • Step 4.4: Implement Automated Remediation Workflow
  • Step 5: Implement Tooling Integration Strategy
    • Step 5.1: Integrate Data Repositories
    • Step 5.2: Federate Identity and Enable SSO
  • Follow-Up

Risks and Pitfalls

  • Related Guidance

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