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September 25, 2018

Cloud Security Alliance Announces Speakers, Sessions 
for 8th Annual CSA Congress

Keynote presenters from the United Nations, Turners Broadcasting, Qualys and Arizona State to discuss global governance, the threat landscape and security innovations that address new cloud security frontiers Seattle, WA – Sept. 25, 2018 – The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), the world’s leading organization dedicated to defining standards, certifications and best practices to help ensure…

August 20, 2018

Cloud Security Alliance Releases Malaysia Financial Sector Cloud 
Adoption Report

Survey offers insight into areas of cloud adoption, IT security budgets, cloud computing, cyber security skills KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – August 20, 2018 – The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), the world’s leading organization dedicated to defining and raising awareness of best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment, and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation…

August 08, 2018

CSA Releases Top Threats to Cloud Computing: Deep Dive

Paper identifies chief cloud security risks, how they fit in a greater security analysis BLACKHAT LAS VEGAS – AUGUST 8, 2018 – The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), the world’s leading organization dedicated to defining standards, certifications and best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment, today announced the release of the Top Threats…

August 07, 2018

CSA, OWASP Issue Updated Guidance for Secure Medical 
Device Deployment

Report includes enhanced sections on purchasing and mechanism controls, as well as relevant FDA guidance BLACKHAT LAS VEGAS – AUGUST 7, 2018 –The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), the world’s leading organization dedicated to defining standards, certifications and best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment, in conjunction with the Open Web Application Security…

June 12, 2018

Cloud Security Alliance Issues Recommendations on Firmware Integrity 
in the Cloud Data Center

Group calls for more standardization from hardware manufacturers to improve security SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 12, 2018 –The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), the world’s leading organization dedicated to defining standards, certifications and best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment, today released a new position paper from the Cloud Security Industry Summit (CSIS)…

June 07, 2018

Volunteers Needed: Application Containers and Microservices Working Group

The CSA Application Containers and Microservices Working Group is searching for volunteers to participate in the development of whitepapers on best practices and challenges in securing containers and microservices. If you are interested in being part of these projects, please sign up for the working group here: https://cloudsecurityalliance.org/group/containerization/#_overview. If you don’t hear back within a…

June 05, 2018

Cloud Security Alliance Issues Code of Conduct Self-Assessment and Certification Tools for GDPR Compliance

New mechanisms offer vested parties structured, transparent path to meeting personal data protection requirements SEATTLE, WA and LONDON – JUNE 5, 2018 – InfoSecurity Europe Conference – The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), the world’s leading organization dedicated to defining standards, certifications and best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment, today released the…

May 29, 2018

Open Survey: Enterprise Resource Planning and Cloud Adoption Survey

In February, the Cloud Security Alliance released ”The State of ERP Security in the Cloud” to provide IT and management professionals with a sound overview of cloud security for ERP systems. The following survey will attempt to better understand cloud preparation and migration, features and benefits gained, and the security and privacy challenges for an…

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September 20, 2018

Recommendations for IoT Firmware Update Processes: Addressing complexities in a vast ecosystem of connected devices

By Sabri Khemissa, IT-OT-Cloud Cybersecurity Strategist,Thales Traditionally, updating software for IT assets involves three stages: analysis, staging, and distribution of the update—a process that usually occurs during off-hours for the business. Typically, these updates apply cryptographic controls (digital signatures) to safeguard the integrity and authenticity of the software. However, the Internet...

September 19, 2018

PCI Compliance for Cloud Environments: Tackle FIM and Other Requirements with a Host-Based Approach

By Patrick Flanders, Director of Marketing, Lacework Compliance frameworks and security standards are necessary, but they can be a burden on IT and security teams. They provide structure, process, and management guidelines that enable businesses to serve customers and interoperate with other organizations, all according to accepted guidelines that facilitate...

September 18, 2018

Software-Defined Perimeter Architecture Guide Preview: Part 3

Part 3 in a four-part series By Jason Garbis, Vice President/Secure Access Products, Cyxtera Technologies Inc. Thanks for returning for our third blog posting, providing a preview of the forthcoming Software-Defined Perimeter (SDP) Architecture Guide. In this article, we’re focusing on the “Core SDP Concepts” section of the document, which introduces...

September 14, 2018

Pwned Passwords – Have Your Credentials Been Stolen?

By Paul Sullivan, Software Engineer, Bitglass Data breaches now seem to be a daily occurrence. In recent months, Have I Been Pwned (HIBP) introduced  Pwned Passwords, which allows you to securely check your password against a database of breach data. There are over 280 breaches in the database, and that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Breaches aren’t just a problem for the users who...

September 10, 2018

Join CSA’s New DC Metro Area Chapter

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) is pleased to announce that its DC Metro Area chapter has been chartered to serve the DC metro area CSA membership. The chapter’s region includes a diverse range of businesses, government organizations and academic institutions who all have an interest in well-engineered, secure IT systems, including many...

September 07, 2018

Avoiding Holes in Your AWS Buckets

By Sanjay Kalra, CPO & Co-Founder, Lacework Enterprises are moving to the cloud at a breathtaking pace, and they’re taking valuable data with them. Hackers are right behind them, hot on the trail of as much data as they can steal. The cloud upends traditional notions of networks and hosts, and...

September 05, 2018

US CLOUD Act Drives Adoption of Cloud Encryption

By Rich Campagna, Chief Marketing Officer, Bitglass The US Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act was quietly enacted into law on March 23, 2018. I say quietly due to the controversial nature of how it was passed—snuck into the back of a 2,300 page Federal spending bill on the eve...

August 27, 2018

California’s CCPA Brings EU Data Privacy to the US

By Rich Campagna, Chief Marketing Officer, Bitglass Over the summer a new data privacy law, the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA), was passed. Assembly Bill 375 is scheduled to go into effect on Jan 1, 2020, which means there will likely be a lot of change before we see the...

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Certification

CCSK: Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge

The Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) is designed to ensure that a broad range of professionals with a responsibility related to cloud computing have a demonstrated awareness of the security threats and best practices for securing the cloud.

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Training

CSA Training

The Cloud Security Alliance offers training in the following three areas: CCSK training, PCI Cloud training, GRC Stack training.

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IoT Firmware Update Processes

Description: The traditional approach to updating software for IT assets involves analysis, staging and distribution of the update—a process that usually occurs during off-hours for the business. These updates typically have cryptographic controls (digital signatures) applied to safeguard the integrity and authenticity of the software.

Release Date: September 20, 2018

Code of Conduct for GDPR Compliance – Japanese Translation

説明: 本書「GDPR 準拠の為の行動規範」は、Cloud Security Alliance (CSA)が公開している「CODE OF CONDUCT FOR GDPR COMPLIANCE」の日本語訳および一般社団法人日本クラウドセキュリティアライア ンス(CSAジャパン)が解説を加えたものです。本書は、CSAジャパンが、CSAの許可を得て翻訳し、公開 するものです。原文と日本語版の内容に相違があった場合には、原文が優先されます。

Release Date: September 14, 2018

CSA Malaysia FSI Report

Description: The “Cloud Adoption in the Malaysian Financial Services Industry (FSI) sector” survey was undertaken by CSA to understand and evaluate cloud adoption trends and concerns in the FSI in that country.

Release Date: August 20, 2018

CCM Mapping Workpackage Template

Description: This document is the companion document to the Methodology for the Mapping of the Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM). It is a CCM mapping workpackage template that can be used by organizations who want to map their frameworks to the CCM.

Release Date: August 13, 2018

Top Threats to Cloud Computing: Deep Dive

Description: This case study attempts to connect all the dots when it comes to security analysis by using nine anecdotes cited in the Top Threats for its foundation. Each of the nine examples are presented in the form of (1) a reference chart and (2) a detailed narrative. The reference chart’s format provides an attack-style…

Release Date: August 08, 2018

OWASP Secure Medical Devices Deployment Standard

Description: With the explosion of botnets and other malware that now target IoT devices (of which medical devices can be considered a subtype) the need for security-minded deployments of medical devices is now more essential than ever. This guide is intended to serve as comprehensive guide to the secure deployment of medical devices within a…

Release Date: August 07, 2018

Security Position Paper Network Function Virtualization – Chinese Translation

近五年来,随着云基础设施的能力和复杂性飞速演进,安全风险也相应上升。 虽然虚拟化已不是一个很新的概念,但几乎任何人都可以对计算、存储、网络和应 用程序等资源进行虚拟化的想法会增加安全威胁的影响和速度。同时,全球地缘政 治格局已从由机遇驱动的网络攻击转变为资金充足的国家行动。

Release Date: August 03, 2018

Using BlockChain Technology to Secure the Internet of Things – Chinese Translation

在过去的四年中,技术专家、首席数字官、营销经理、记者、博客作者和研究机构讨论 并 推广了一种新的分布式模型,将区块链技术应用于安全事务处理和存储。国际数据公司 IDC FutureScape 预测,到 2020 年,全球 20%的贸易融资将纳入区块链。

Release Date: August 03, 2018

Security Guidance v4.0 – Chinese Translation

欢迎来到云安全联盟关于云计算关键领域安全指南的第四个版本。云计算的兴起是一项不 断发展的技术,它带来了许多机遇和挑战。通过这个文档,我们的目标是提供指导和灵感来支 持业务目标,同时管理和减轻采用云计算技术相关的风险。

Release Date: August 03, 2018

GEAB State of the Cloud 2018 – Chinese Translation

云安全联盟全球企业顾问委员会成立于2016年,是由十多位行业的大型跨国公 司的顶尖专家组成的代表团队。该委员会的成立是为了表达大型IT终端用户的观点, 并融合云计算使用者信息安全相关的观点。

Release Date: August 03, 2018

Top Threats to Cloud Computing: Deep Dive

Description: This case study attempts to connect all the dots when it comes to security analysis by using nine anecdotes cited in the Top Threats for its foundation. Each of the nine examples are presented in the form of (1) a reference chart and (2) a detailed narrative. The reference chart’s format provides an attack-style…

Release Date: August 08, 2018

Cloud Security Alliance Code of Conduct for GDPR Compliance

Description: The CSA Code of Conduct is designed to offer both a compliance tool for GDPR compliance and transparency guidelines regarding the level of data protection offered by the Cloud Service Provider.

Release Date: July 10, 2018

CCM Mapping Methodology

Description: The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM) provides fundamental security principles to guide cloud vendors and cloud customers seeking to assess the overall security risk of a cloud service. The CSA CCM provides a detailed controls framework that is aligned with Cloud Security Alliance’s Security Guidance in 16 domains.

Release Date: July 09, 2018

Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM) v3.0.1 ISO Reverse Mapping

Description: This latest expansion to the CCM incorporates the ISO/IEC 27017:2015:2015 and ISO/IEC 27018:20147:2015 and ISO/IEC 27002:2013 controls, introduces a new approach to the development of the CCM, and an updated approach to incorporate new industry control standards.

Release Date: June 26, 2018

Firmware Integrity in the Cloud Data Center

Description: This paper presents the point of view from key stakeholders in datacenter development regarding how to build cloud infrastructure using secure servers and in order to enable customers to trust the cloud provider’s infrastructure at the hardware/firmware level. In general, security of a cloud server at the firmware level is comprised of two equally…

Release Date: June 12, 2018

Software Defined Perimeter Glossary

Description: The Software Defined Perimeter (SDP) Glossary is a reference document that brings together SDP related terms and definitions from various professional resources. The terms and supporting information in the SDP glossary cover a broad range of areas, including the components of SDP and common supporting technologies.

Release Date: June 12, 2018

The State of Post-Quantum Cryptography

Description: Most people pay little attention to the lock icon on their browser’s address bar that signifies a secure connection called HTTPS. This connection establishes secure communications by providing authentication of the website and web server as well as encryption of communications between the client and server. If the connection is not secure, then a…

Release Date: May 23, 2018

A Day Without Safe Cryptography

Description: Over the past fifty years, the digital age has sparked the creation of a remarkable infrastructure through which a nearly infinite variety of digital transactions and communications are executed, enabling businesses, education, governments, and communities to thrive and prosper. Millions of new devices are connecting to the Internet, creating, processing, and transferring digital information…

Release Date: April 19, 2018

GDPR Preparation and Awareness Survey Report

Description: Cloud computing, the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, and other new technologies allow businesses to have better customer engagement, more access to data, and powerful analytical tools. Providers are racing to bring these technologies to the enterprise and users are anxious to take advantage of their benefits.

Release Date: April 17, 2018

State of Cloud Report

Description: Innovators and early adopters have been using cloud for years taking advantage of the quicker deployment, greater scalability, and cost saving of services. The growth of cloud computing continues to accelerate offering more solutions with added features and benefits, including security.

Release Date: April 16, 2018

Best Practices for Cyber Incident Exchange

Description: No organization is immune from cyber attack. Malicious actors collaborate with skill and agility, effectively moving from target to target at a breakneck pace. New attacks are directed at dozens of companies within the first 24 hours and hundreds within a few days.

Release Date: April 16, 2018

Using Blockchain Technology to Secure the Internet of Things

Description: In the last four years, technical experts, chief digital officers, marketing managers, journalists, bloggers and research institutions have discussed and promoted a new distributed model for secure transaction processing and storage using blockchain technology. IDC FutureScape predicted that by 2020, 20% of global trade finance will incorporate blockchain.

Release Date: February 13, 2018

The State of Enterprise Resource Planning Security in the Cloud

Description: The State of ERP Security in the Cloud briefly highlights some of the issues and challenges of migrating ERP solutions to the cloud. The document examines common security and privacy risks that organizations might incur during a transition to the cloud, as well as how organizations have mitigated these hazards.

Release Date: February 07, 2018

Consensus Assessments Initiative Questionnaire v3.0.1 (9-1-17 Update)

Description: The CAIQ is based upon the CCM and provides a set of Yes/No questions a cloud consumer and cloud auditor may wish to ask of a cloud provider to ascertain their compliance to the Cloud Controls Matrix.

Release Date: October 12, 2017

Cloud Controls Matrix v3.0.1 (9-1-17 Update)

Description: The CCM, the only meta-framework of cloud-specific security controls, mapped to leading standards, best practices and regulations. CCM provides organizations with the needed structure, detail and clarity relating to information security tailored to cloud computing. CCM is currently considered a de-facto standard for cloud security assurance and compliance.

Release Date: October 03, 2017

Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing v4.0

Description: The rise of cloud computing as an ever-evolving technology brings with it a number of opportunities and challenges. With this document, we aim to provide both guidance and inspiration to support business goals while managing and mitigating the risks associated with the adoption of cloud computing technology.

Release Date: July 26, 2017

Cloud Controls Matrix v3.0.1 (10-6-16 Update)

Cloud Security Alliance Releases Candidate Mapping of ISO 27002/27017/27018 Security Controls At the Cloud Security Alliance Summit San Francisco 2016, the CSA announced the release of the Candidate Mappings of ISO 27002/27017/27018 to version 3.0.1 of the CSA Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM). The ISO 27XXX series provides an overview of information security management systems. ISO…

Release Date: June 06, 2016

Consensus Assessments Initiative Questionnaire v3.0.1 (12-5-16 Update)

Realigns the CAIQ questions to CCM v3.0.1 control domains and the Cloud Security Alliance “Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing V3.0”

Release Date: February 01, 2016

Big Data Taxonomy

A research document outlining the six dimensions of big data to help decision makers navigate the myriad choices in compute and storage infrastructures as well as data analytics techniques, and security and privacy frameworks.

Release Date: September 18, 2014

Enterprise Architecture v2.0

The Enterprise Architecture is both a methodology and a set of tools that enable security architects, enterprise architects and risk management professionals to leverage a common set of solutions that fulfill their common needs to be able to assess where their internal IT and their cloud providers are in terms of security capabilities and to plan a roadmap to meet the security needs of their business.

Release Date: February 25, 2013

Privacy Level Agreement (PLA) Outline for the Sale of Cloud Services in the European Union

The Outline provides a structure for Cloud Service Providers (CSP) to disclose, in a consistent matter, information about the privacy and data protection policies, procedures and practices used when processing personal data that customers upload or store in the CSP’s servers.

Release Date: February 24, 2013

Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Mobile Computing

Mobile devices empower employees to do what they need to do — whenever and wherever. People can work and collaborate “in the field” with customers, partners, patients or students and each other. But they need to be supported with always current operational processes and information, whether from apps, the Internet, or documents from other people.

Release Date: November 08, 2012

Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing V3.0

The CSA guidance as it enters its third edition seeks to establish a stable, secure baseline for cloud operations. This effort provides a practical, actionable road map to managers wanting to adopt the cloud paradigm safely and securely. Domains have been rewritten to emphasize security, stability and privacy, ensuring corporate privacy in a multi-tenant environment.

Release Date: November 14, 2011

Consensus Assessments Initiative Questionnaire v1.1

Questionnaire is organized using CSA 13 governing & operating domains divided into “control areas” within CSA’s Control Matrix structure.

Release Date: September 01, 2011

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