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CSA Research

Best practices, guidance, frameworks and tools to help the industry secure the cloud. Read our research to get your questions around cloud security answered.

CSA Research is created by the industry for the industry and is both vendor-neutral and consensus driven. Our research is created by subject matter experts who volunteer for our working groups. Each working group focuses on a unique topic or aspect of cloud security, from IoT, DevSecOps, Serverless and more, we have working groups for over 20 areas of cloud computing. You can view a list of all active research working groups. To find out more about how our research is created and the process we follow you can view the CSA Research Lifecycle.

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Latest Research

Machine Identity in Cybersecurity and IAM

Machine Identity in Cybersecurity and IAM

Release Date: 09/19/2023

Identity management is a crucial aspect of information security, as it ensures that only authorized individuals and entities have access to sensitive data and resources. With the increasing use of technology in today's organizations, identity management has expanded to include (but is not...
Defining Shadow Access: The Emerging IAM Security Challenge

Defining Shadow Access: The Emerging IAM Security Challenge

Release Date: 09/12/2023

Shadow Access is the unmonitored, unauthorized, invisible, unsafe and generally over-permissioned access in your cloud environment. In short, the unintended access to your applications and data. The consequences of Shadow Access are massive and threaten to impact any organization that has an...
Guidelines for CPAs Providing CSA STAR Attestation v4

Guidelines for CPAs Providing CSA STAR Attestation v4

Release Date: 09/07/2023

This document provides guidance for CPAs in conducting a STAR Attestation. It includes relevant information including professional requirements, competency requirements, the scope of attestations, and guidelines for submitting materials to CSA.