Gartner Research

A Comprehensive Security Strategy for IaaS and PaaS

Published: 24 January 2019

ID: G00707712

Analyst(s): Information Risk Research Team

Summary

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.

Table Of Contents

Introduction

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

Conclusion

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