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Use SABSA to Architect Your IaaS Cloud Security


Security and risk management technical professionals tasked with securing cloud deployments need a coherent approach to develop consistent and effective security. SABSA is an enterprise security architecture methodology that helps with the shift from strategy to technology development.

Published: 01 April 2020

ID: G00406962

Analyst(s): Richard Bartley

Table Of Contents


  • Using SABSA to Model Cloud Security
    • Multicloud Case Study
    • Using the Spreadsheet
  • Contextual Layer
    • What Does a Contextual Architecture Offer Cloud Security?
    • Capturing Contextual Architectural Information
    • Finding Business Drivers for Security
  • Conceptual Layer
    • What Does a Conceptual Architecture Offer Cloud Security?
    • Creating a Policy Architecture Model
    • Developing a Business Attribute Profile
    • Ensuring Traceability Between Conceptual and Contextual Layers
    • Using the Risk Model
  • Logical Layer
    • What Does a Logical Architecture Offer Cloud Security?
    • Mapping Attributes to Logical Security Services
    • Establish Trust Relationships Between Parties and Trust Zones in the Solution
    • Assigning Attributes to Deployment Interactions
    • Mapping Attributes for Supporting Services and Capabilities
  • Physical Layer
    • What Does a Physical Architecture Offer Cloud Security?
    • Mapping Logical Security Services to Physical Mechanisms
  • Component Layer
    • What Does a Component Architecture Offer Cloud Security?
    • Identifying Components That Fulfill Security Mechanism Needs
    • Completeness and Traceability
    • Component Layer and DevOps Automation
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


The Details

  • SABSA Top-Level Overview
    • Contextual Layer
    • Conceptual Layer
    • Logical Layer
    • Physical Layer
    • Component Layer
    • Measuring Security Architecture Implementation Effectiveness
    • Control Coverage Approach

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