Gartner Research

A Public Cloud Risk Model: Accepting Cloud Risk Is OK, Ignoring Cloud Risk Is Tragic

Published: 25 February 2019

ID: G00382662

Analyst(s): Jay Heiser , Daryl Plummer , Paul Proctor


Security and risk management leaders who fail to analyze cloud risk will miss opportunities or subject the business to unacceptable risk. Use Gartner’s cloud risk treatment model to balance cloud risks and security strategy, and put the decision making in a business context.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • Organizations Struggle With Questions About Risk and Security as They Move Toward Public Cloud Services
  • Introducing the Gartner Risk Treatment Model


  • Use the Gartner Risk Treatment Model to Support Public Cloud Computing Decisions
    • Factor in Five Cloud Risk Categories
  • Use Our Implementation Guidance
    • Implementation Example
  • Accept Cloud Risks — It’s OK!

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