Small Business Working Group
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Introduction to the Small Business Working Group
Small businesses (1-49 employees as defined by EU#) are the bloodline of world economy. In the EU the small businesses represent 97% of all registered companies.
Cloud Security Alliance produced Guidance for Cloud Computing Security, now in the version 3.0. This document, although very useful and detailed, is at 177 pages a rather lengthy reading. Small businesses typically do not have dedicated IT staff that could fully leverage the knowledge base produced by CSA in the Guidance and in other documents produced by other Working groups. Yet, small businesses are more likely to have been using Cloud services, either not knowingly or ignorantly. Without fully understanding how Cloud security affects small business processes, many companies maybe rather unpleasantly surprised when things go wrong. That is not to say that Cloud computing should be avoided by small businesses, rather embraced with full knowledge of benefits and concerns. In fact, businesses greatly benefit from service model provided by Cloud computing as it lowers barriers to market by not requiring big up front investments (CAPEX), especially important in light of restricted business lending.
Additionally, Cloud providers have been selective in adapting their services to large companies, while small companies have to settle with standard terms and conditions (T&C). This leaves small companies vulnerable to large cloud players and further endangers small business survival, if things go wrong.
This working group will focus on providing tailored guidance to small business, will cooperate with other working groups where appropriate, and, will help cloud providers understand small business requirements.
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April 24, 2013
Offerings to help SMB community understand and benefit from cloud computing.
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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
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Jirasek Security Consulting