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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…

May 23, 2018

Cloud Security Alliance Releases The State of Post-Quantum Cryptography

Report offers an overview of challenges involved with future of data security SEATTLE, WA – May 23, 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, today released its newest report, “The State of Post-Quantum Cryptography.”…

May 14, 2018

Cloud Security Alliance Announces FedSTAR, a New Joint Certification System with FedRAMP

System to be based on a common framework for deployment, use and maintenance 
Seattle, WA– May 14, 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, today announces that it has partnered with the Federal Risk…

May 11, 2018

Bob Gourley to Speak on Nation State Attacks at CSA Federal Summit 2018

Joins world-class speaker line-up of federal and cybersecurity experts 
 Seattle, WA – May 11, 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, announced today that Bob Gourley, former CTO of the Defense Intelligence Agency…

May 10, 2018

Cloud Security Alliance Announces Federal Summit 2018 Speaker Line-up

Presentations to focus on how agencies can shift to a secure cloud 
for mission critical systems Seattle, WA – May 9, 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, is pleased to announce the speaker…

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Recent Blog Posts

July 20, 2018

Convincing Organizations to Say “Yes to InfoSec”

By Jon-Michael C. Brook, Principal, Guide Holdings, LLC Security departments have their hands full. The first half of my career was government-centric, and we always seemed to be the “no” team, eliminating most initiatives before they started. The risks were often found to outweigh the benefits, and unless there was a very...

July 16, 2018

What Is a CASB?

By Dylan Press, Director of Marketing, Avanan Email is the #1 attack vector. Cloud Account Takeover is the #1 attack target. A CASB is the best way to protect against these threats. Gartner first defined the term Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) in 2011, when most IT applications were hosted...

July 12, 2018

Avoiding Cyber Fatigue in Four Easy Steps

By Jon-Michael C. Brook, Principal, Guide Holdings, LLC Cyber alert fatigue. In the cybersecurity space, it is inevitable. Every day, there will be a new disclosure, a new hack, a new catchy title for the latest twist on an old attack sequence. As a 23-year practitioner, the burnout is a real thing,...

July 09, 2018

Methodology for the Mapping of the Cloud Controls Matrix

By Victor Chin, Research Analyst, Cloud Security Alliance 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. To reduce compliance fatigue in the cloud services industry, the CCM...

June 29, 2018

Cloud Migration Strategies and Their Impact on Security and Governance

By Peter HJ van Eijk, Head Coach and Cloud Architect, ClubCloudComputing.com Public cloud migrations come in different shapes and sizes, but I see three major approaches. Each of these has very different technical and governance implications. Three approaches to cloud migration Companies dying to get rid of their data centers...

June 27, 2018

Top Security Tips for Small Businesses

By Jon-Michael C. Brook, Principal, Guide Holdings, LLC Most small businesses adopt some sort of cloud offering, be it Software as a Service like Quickbooks or Salesforce, or even renting computers in Amazon Web Services or Microsoft’s Azure, in an Infrastructure as a Service environment. You get Fortune 50 IT support, including...

June 26, 2018

Updated CCM Introduces Reverse Mappings, Gap Analysis

By Sean Cordero, VP of Cloud Strategy, Netskope Since its introduction in 2010, the Cloud Security Alliance’s Cloud Control Matrix (CCM) has led the industry in the measurement of cloud service providers (CSP). The CCM framework continues to deliver for CSPs and cloud consumers alike a uniform set of controls...

June 22, 2018

Cybersecurity Trends and Training Q and A

By Jon-Michael C. Brook, Principal, Guide Holdings, LLC Q: Why is it important for organizations and agencies to stay current in their cybersecurity training? A: Changes accelerate in technology. There’s an idea called Moore’s Law, named after Gordon Moore working with Intel, that the power of a micro-chip doubles every 18 months....

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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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Downloads

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

CSA STAR Certification Intake Form

Description: The CSA STAR Certification is a rigorous third party independent assessment of the security of a cloud service provider. The technology-neutral certification leverages the requirements of the ISO/IEC 27001 management system standard together with the CSA Cloud Controls Matrix, a specified set of criteria that measures the capability levels of the cloud service.

Release Date: June 07, 2018

CSA STAR Attestation Intake Form

Description: The STAR Attestation is positioned as STAR Certification at Level 2 of the Open Certification Framework and STAR Certification is a rigorous third party independent assessment of the security of a cloud service provider.

Release Date: June 07, 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

The Treacherous 12 – Top Threats to Cloud Computing + Industry Insights – Japanese Translation

誰も予測できなかった速さで、クラウドコンピューティングはビジネスや政府に等しく変容を迫り、そ して新たなセキュリティ課題をもたらしている。クラウドのサービスモデルが開発されることで、ビジ ネスを支える技術はかつてないほど効率性の高いものになった。サーバを保有する発想からサービ ス利用ベースの思考への転換は、IT 部門にコンピューティングとアプリケーションの企画 ・設計 ・提供 に関する考え方の刷新を迫っている。一方でこうした進化は新たなセキュリティ上の脆弱性を生み、

Release Date: May 21, 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

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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