Cloud Security Alliance Issues Version Two of Guidance Identifying Key Practices for Secure Adoption of Cloud Computing Arrow to Content

San Francisco, CA, Dec 17, 2009 – The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) today issued the second version of its “Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing”, now available on the Cloud Security Alliance website.

The Cloud Security Alliance is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within Cloud Computing, and to provide education on the uses of Cloud Computing to help secure all other forms of computing. The whitepaper, “Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing – Version 2.1”, outlines key issues and provides advice for both Cloud Computing customers and providers within 13 strategic domains. Version 2.1 provides more concise and actionable guidance across all domains, and encompasses knowledge gained from real world deployments over the past six months in this fast moving area.

The second version of the guidance tops off a strong inaugural year for the CSA, in which it first published its guidance and, grew to 23 corporate members strong, and joined forces with numerous leading industry groups (such as ISACA, ENISA, the DMTF and the Jericho Forum) to help advance the goal of cloud security.

CSA co-founders Nils Puhlmann and Jim Reavis extended their gratitude to the numerous contributors that have made these efforts possible. “We would like to thank the numerous industry experts who have come together to make this Alliance a productive, valuable resource to the IT community. While we are still early in our efforts, we have made enormous strides in this first year, and look forward to further delivering on our charter to create additional best practices for practitioners and the industry, as the Cloud Computing landscape continues to rapidly grow and evolve.”

The Cloud Security Alliance is building its guidance by engaging with experts from a variety of backgrounds, industries and geographies to reflect the many organizational participants and issues that will be involved in cloud computing decisions. The guidance whitepaper is available online at www.cloudsecurityalliance.org/guidance. Open discussion is welcome at our LinkedIn group and on Twitter at #cloudsa.

About Cloud Security Alliance

The Cloud Security Alliance is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within Cloud Computing, and to provide education on the uses of Cloud Computing to help secure all other forms of computing. The Cloud Security Alliance is led by industry practitioners and supported by founding charter companies PGP Corporation, Qualys, Inc. and Zscaler, Inc. For further information, the Cloud Security Alliance website is www.cloudsecurityalliance.org.

Contact

Zenobia Godschalk
ZAG Communications for the Cloud Security Alliance
[email protected]
678.799.8279

Jim Reavis
Co-founder and Executive Director, Cloud Security Alliance
[email protected]

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