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Key Management in Cloud Services
Key Management in Cloud Services

Key Management in Cloud Services

Release Date: 11/09/2020

Working Group: Cloud Key Management

Key management is the management of cryptographic keys in a cryptosystem. A reliable key management system (KMS) helps meet a business’s compliance and data control requirements and benefits the overall security of the organization.


There is little independent analysis and guidance in the public domain for addressing the intersection of key management and cloud services, despite the fact that key management is essential to an organization’s overall cloud security. This document by the Cloud Key Management Working Group attempts to fill this gap. It provides guidance for using KMS in conjunction with SaaS, PaaS, or IaaS cloud services—whether the KMS is native to a cloud platform, external, self-operated, or yet another cloud service. Through this document, you will learn how to meet security and compliance requirements that relate to key management, what the desired outcomes and limitations of encryption are, and which forms of KMS are appropriate for different use cases. Additional recommendations are provided for cloud service providers offering key management functionality to customers.


Key Takeaways:
  • The conceptual architecture of a KMS, including 4 examples of cloud KMS patterns
  • Encryption key management and control, including example controls for the different phases of the key management lifecycle
  • Recommendations for utilizing the 2 most commonly used API architectures in the industry: REST (REpresentational State TRansfer) and SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol)
  • Practical considerations for API management
  • Features of 5 major cloud service providers’ KMS offerings
Who It’s For: Any cloud providers or cloud customers concerned with key security. This may include CISOs, regulators, developers, architects, security staff, and compliance staff.

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Michael Roza
Risk, Audit, Control and Compliance Professional

Michael Roza

Risk, Audit, Control and Compliance Professional

Since 2012 Michael has contributed to over 85 CSA projects completed by CSA's Internet of Things, Zero Trust/Software-Defined Perimeter, Top Threats, Cloud Control Matrix, Containers/Microservices, DevSecOps, and other working groups. He has also served as co-chair of CSA's Enterprise Architecture, Top Threats, and Security-as-a-Service working groups while also serving as the Standards Liaison Officer for IoT, ICS, EA, SECaaS, and Cloud Key M...

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Senior Research Analyst, CSA EMEA

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Senior Research Analyst, CSA EMEA

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Ashish Kurmi

Ashish Kurmi

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Paul Rich
Executive Director, Data Management & Protection

Paul Rich

Executive Director, Data Management & Protection

Paul Rich is the executive director, data management and protection for JPMorgan Chase & Co., where he leads the strategy and implementation within the company for unstructured data protection both in the cloud and on-premises. He is the co-chair of the CSA Cloud Key Management Working Group, which he envisions as a means of hearing diverse perspectives on the use of cloud services and expectations for both data privacy and secu...

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Mike Schrock
Senior Director Global Business Development – Cloud Strategy

Mike Schrock

Senior Director Global Business Development – Cloud Strategy

Mike Schrock joined Thales Group (formally Gemalto) in 2015 as the Senior Director, Business Development, managing Cloud Service Provider Strategy. Mr. Schrock is passionate about and has championed digital transformation for over twenty years in his technology alliance and executive management experience, particularly in the digital, cloud and network security, internet and mobile sectors. Prior to joining Gemalto, he held executive roles ...

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Doug Egan
Director, Cybersecurity and Privacy

Doug Egan

Director, Cybersecurity and Privacy

Doug is a Senior Cybersecurity leader of global IT security, privacy, compliance, service development and management, with over 17 years of global and domestic experience in security architecture, design and compliance, combined with over 20 years in Software Engineering. During his tenure at Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Doug led the development of complex managed security solutions, for the entire portfolio of the global Managed Se...

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Anup Marwaha

Sr Technical Director

Cyber security leader with hands-on experience in enhancing security posture for global Enterprises. Helping DevSecOps achieve enterprise grade key management, to reduce risk & deliver enhanced security solutions. Expertise in addressing needs in the field of digital trust & data protection.

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