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How to Retain the Right Kinds of Control in the Cloud

Published: 23 December 2019

ID: G00392868

Analyst(s): Steve Riley


The adoption of public cloud services doesn’t demand a total loss of control. For security and risk management leaders, it will require a new mindset and approaches focusing on areas that remain under the control of the organization — namely identity, data, workloads and configuration.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Security Teams and Developers Have Less Familiarity With Cloud-Based Control Concepts, Leading to Insufficiently Controlled Environments If Left Unattended
    • Identity and Access Management as the Foundation
    • Encryption as Additional Isolation
    • Data Formats for Preserving Portability
  • As Regulatory Concerns Continue to Increase Toward Some Unpredictable Future Peak, Cloud-Using Organizations Must Increasingly Demonstrate They Are Correctly Governing Cloud Use
    • Orientation of Control Policies
    • Location and Residency
    • Regulation Hasn’t Reached Its Peak
    • Multitenancy Isn’t Always Mandatory
  • CSPs Tend to Be Very Reluctant to Commit Contractually to the Protection of Customer Data and Privacy, Creating a Compliance Dilemma for Their Customers

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