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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.

CSA Responds to Obama Address on Big Data  

CSA Responds to President Obama's “Big Data” Initiative Request for Information

On January 17, 2014, President Obama called for senior government officials to lead a comprehensive review of the ways in which “big data” will affect how Americans live and work.

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More News From CSA Research

CSA Seeks Input on Open Peer Review: CCM v3.0.1

CSA Seeks Input on Open Peer Review: CAIQ v3.0.1

CSA Seeks Input on Cloud Data Protection Cert

Cloud Security Alliance Announces Launch Of Privacy Level Agreement (PLA) V.2 Working Group


Featured Research

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



Certification, InteRnationalisation and standaRdization in cloUd Security (CIRRUS) aims to bring together representatives of industry organizations, law enforcement agencies, cloud services providers, and others.

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Enterprise Architecture Model

The CSA Enterprise Architecture is now part of the Cloud Controls Matrix scope applicability. A methodology and set of tools, the model enables security architects, enterprise architects and risk management professionals to leverage a common set of solutions.

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


CSA Legal Information Center:
RSA 2014 – Trust in the Cloud Event Sponsored by SpringCM

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Volunteer Spotlight

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

David Lingenfelter

David Lingenfelter is a seasoned security professional with nearly 20 years of experience in risk management, information security, compliance and policy development. He is responsible for oversight of all security and compliance aspects of Fiberlink, an IBM company, including physical, application, network and data security.

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Top Downloads

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


Research Lifecycle

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Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Mobile Computing

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SecaaS Category 1 // Identity and Access Management Implementation Guidance

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Enterprise Architecture v2.0

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Featured Downloads

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


Mapping the Forensic Standard ISO/IEC 27037 to Cloud Computing

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Big Data Analytics for Security Intelligence

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Privacy Level Agreement (PLA) Outline for the Sale of Cloud Services in the European Union

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Cloud Computing Vulnerability Incidents: A Statistical Overview

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

  ASEAN Summit    

Cloud Data Protection Cert Webcasts

May 2nd and 9th at 8am PST

Cloud Data Protection Cert is intended to be a web-based tool that presents Cloud Providers and Cloud Consumers with a tiered data sensitivity model.

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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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