Published: 24 January 2019
Analyst(s): Information Risk Research Team
To handle the changes brought on by the public cloud, leading security and risk management leaders focus their cloud security strategy on four key components: defining the risk framework for public cloud, rebuilding security architecture for the public cloud, establishing cloud security governance and building cloud security skills within the function.
Define the Cloud Risks Facing Your Organization
Solution 1: Build a Holistic Framework of Applicable Cloud Risks
Table 1: Profile of Select IaaS/PaaS Risks
Solution 2: Prioritize Key Risks
Solution 3: Partner With Legal to Translate Legalese Into IT Terms
Redesign Security Architecture for the Public Cloud
Solution 1: Build the Right Control Framework for Your Organization
Solution 2: Formalize Cloud Security Standards
Establish Cloud Security Governance
Solution 1: Establish the New RACI for Managing Public Cloud Risk
Solution 2: Monitor Standards Adherence and Security Activity Performance
Solution 3: Ease Adherence Through Automation and Security Tools
Grow Cloud Security Skills
Solution 1: Define Cloud Security Skills
Solution 2: Borrow Public Cloud Expertise From Outside of Security
Solution 3: Build a Portfolio of Skills to Stand Up Cloud Security
Recommended by the Authors
About This Research
©2020 Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates.
All rights reserved.
Gartner is a registered trademark of Gartner, Inc. and its affiliates.
This publication may not be reproduced or distributed in any form without Gartner’s prior written permission.
It consists of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization, which should not be construed as statements of fact.
While the information contained in this publication has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, Gartner disclaims all warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of such information.
Although Gartner research may address legal and financial issues, Gartner does not provide legal or investment advice and its research should not be construed or used as such.
Your access and use of this publication are governed by Gartner’s Usage Policy.
Gartner prides itself on its reputation for independence and objectivity.
Its research is produced independently by its research organization without input or influence from any third party.
For further information, see
Guiding Principles on Independence and Objectivity.