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CSA Research Update
Welcome to the CSA Research Update!
A monthly research review, and your source for the most up-to-date news on cloud computing security.

Research News

The latest news about CSA research initiatives and publications.


Announcing the CSA Research Lifecycle

The Cloud Security Alliance research team announces the newly created Research Lifecycle, a comprehensive, step-by-step guide that sets up a series of standard procedures for the generation of a CSA research product.

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More News From CSA Research

CSA Appoints Leaders to the International Standardization Council

CSA Seeks Input For Open Peer Review: Big Data Taxonomy

Phillip Redman to speak at the next Mobile Working Group Meeting


Featured Research

CSA boasts a rapidly expanding suite of research initiatives, including 25 active work groups. We've highlighted two below.


Software Defined Perimeter Initiative

The Internet as we know it, is an unlikely outcome from the DARPA research project. Through standards, innovation, and a culture of openness, we have built a remarkable foundation for the global economy.

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CUMULUS is a framework that aims to address the certification of security properties that cloud platforms should maintain in order to satisfy the security requirements of potential customers.

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Case Studies: Cloud Controls Matrix

Over the last year, thousands of members have downloaded the CCM – you might ask, "What do our members do with it?" The CCM drives new levels of compliance efficiency across cloud models, and is the basis for innovative startups enabling businesses to securely adopt the cloud.



As the largest healthcare services company in the nation, McKesson plays an integral role in healthcare and driving a brighter future. McKesson enables its workforce to be agile and to reap the benefits of both private and public cloud models. The CCM serves as the underpinnings with which to greatly alleviate cloud “audit fatigue,” and in tandem with the GRC Stack, it acts as the basis for evaluating new cloud providers and ensuring consistent policy implementation across the extended enterprise.



Cloud Security Alliance seeks to educate and inform both users and providers of cloud services.


CSA STAR Certification:
Increasing Transparency and Trust in the Cloud

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Volunteer Spotlight

Get to know your CSA community! Our dedicated volunteers make up the backbone of CSA Research.

Evelyn de Souza

Evelyn de Souza is a Data Privacy and Compliance Leader at Cisco Systems, where she focuses on developing blueprints and holistic solutions to help organizations embrace the cloud securely and ensure data privacy in an agile manner. She currently serves as the co-chair of the CSA Cloud Control Matrix Working Group, where she has been integral in guiding the development and evolution of the recently launched CCM V.3.

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Top Downloads

Here are some of our most downloaded documents in the CSA research portfolio. Browse our full collection here.


Cloud Controls Matrix v3.0

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Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing v3.0

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The Notorious Nine: Cloud Computing Top Threats in 2013

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Consensus Assessments Initiative Questionnaire v1.1

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Featured Downloads

A few highlights from the hundreds of CSA research documents available here.


Software Defined Perimeter

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SAFEcode/CSA: Practices for Secure Development of Cloud Applications

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Top Ten Challenges in Cryptography for Big Data

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Top Ten Big Data Security and Privacy Challenges

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We look forward to meeting you at one of CSA's premier events.


SecureCloud 2014

April 1-2, 2014

SecureCloud 2014 is an opportunity for government experts, industry experts and corporate decision makers to discuss and exchange ideas about how to shape the future of cloud computing security.

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CSA Congress 2014

September 16-19, 2014

By bringing together the IAPP’s Privacy Academy and the CSA Congress this fall, we’ve broadened the educational and networking opportunities available for both IAPP and CSA members.

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