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1 Executive Summary
This report is one of a series of documents around the use of cloud services. It identifies how standards as well as, independent certifications and ...Login Get full Access
This report provides guidance on how standards as well as, independent certifications and attestations can be used to assure the security and complian ...Login Get full Access
3 Cloud Assurance as a part of IT Governance
KuppingerCole recommends taking a good governance approach to all IT services and this approach is fundamental to securely embracing the cloud service ...
The governance process starts from business objectives and defines a policy for the IT services to deliver on those objectives. These lead to the pro ...
For IaaS services the CSP has no control over how the service is being used by the customer and is only responsible for securing the infrastructure us ...Login Get full Access
4 Assuring Cloud Services
This chapter describes some of the important standards and certifications and how they can be used to assure cloud services.
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4.1 Take a risk based approach
Not all risks are equal – you need to prioritize which risks are important and ensure the appropriate level of assurance based on this.
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4.2 Understand the Levels of Assurance
Understand the different levels of assurance available and require what is appropriate for your individual circumstances.
There are several ways in ...
- CSP Assertion – the CSP describes the steps they take. This information may form part of the service description or be published, for example, a ...
4.3 Defining the measures
Define what must be measured to provide assurance during the procurement process.
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4.4 Use Frameworks and Standards to Help
Use the information provided by frameworks and standards to help.
There is no shortage of advice, on how to manage risk, to both cloud service provi ...Login Get full Access
5 Cloud Assurance Frameworks, Advice and Certification
This section provides an outline of the most important frameworks, certifications and advice.
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5.1 Summary against risks
The following figure summarizes the information provided by various sources of assurance against the previously identified risks.
Explanation of SOC 2 Entries – A = Availability, C = Confidentiality, I = Integrity, P = Privacy, S = Security.Login Get full Access
5.2 IT Control Objectives for Cloud Computing
COBIT 5 provides a framework that assists enterprises in achieving their objectives for the governance and management of enterprise IT.
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5.3 Use a Cloud Access Security Broker
CASBs provide a tool that helps to enforce policies around the use of cloud services.
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5.4 Contract / SLA
The contract and SLA provide important information on the commitments by the CSP around the cloud service provided.
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5.5 ISO/IEC 27001:2013
ISO/IEC 27001:2013 is a well-established standard that provides a code of practice for information security management. It is supplemented by ISO/I ...Login Get full Access
5.6 ISO/IEC 27017:2015
This standard provides guidelines for the security information controls applicable to the provision and use of cloud services.
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5.7 ISO/IEC 27018: 2014
This standard provides control objectives, controls and guidelines for implementing measures to protect Personally Identifiable Information (PII) in ...Login Get full Access
5.8 Service Organization Control Reports (SOC)
SOC reports to SSAE 16 / ISAE 3402 provide independent attestations on a service provided by an organization including cloud services.
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5.9 CSA STAR Registry
The Cloud Security Alliance STAR (CSA STAR) is a program for security assurance of cloud services.
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5.10 BSI Cloud Computing Compliance Controls Catalogue (C5)
The German Federal Office for Information (BSI) Computing Compliance Controls Catalogue (referred to as “C5”) is intended to be an aid for the ...Login Get full Access
5.11 Other Important Standards
Cloud services are built using a technical architecture that may include standard protocols and interfaces. Certification to the relevant standards c ...Login Get full Access
5.12 Codes of Conduct
Codes of Conduct can help organizations choose between suppliers. There are two recently announced codes for cloud service providers.
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5.13 Other Certifications
There are many local certifications that may be relevant to the use of the cloud service. Some of these are listed here:
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The cloud service customer must ensure that the controls for which it is responsible are implemented. However, since the delivery of the cloud serv ...Login Get full Access
6.1 Implement Assurance through Governance
Good governance and organizational structures are the foundation upon which assurance is built.
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6.2 Use Standards and Independent Certifications to Assure Cloud Services
The overall responsibility for security and compliance is shared between the customer and the CSP. The cloud customer must ensure that the controls f ...Login Get full Access