Top Threats to Cloud Computing

Introduction to Top Threats to Cloud Computing

The purpose of this document, Top Threats to Cloud Computing, is to provide needed context to assist organizations in making educated risk management decisions regarding their cloud adoption strategies. In essence, this threat research document should be seen as a companion to Security Guidance for Critical Areas in Cloud Computing. As the first deliverable in the CSA’s Cloud Threat Initiative, the “Top Threats” document will be updated regularly to reflect expert consensus on the probable threats which customers should be concerned about.

Top Threats to Cloud Computing Leadership

Rafal Los, Director, Solutions Research, Accuvant
Don Gray, Solutionary
Dave Shackleford, Voodoo Security
Bryan Sullivan, Microsoft

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Submit a New Top Threat or Change Request

Please follow the link below to submit a new threat report. Or, review the current Top Threats to Cloud Computing document and submit feedback or a change request.

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Top Threats News

July 24, 2012

Take the Top Threats to Cloud Computing Survey

This survey’s purpose is to identify whether the Top Threats first identified by the CSA are still relevant today.

July 18, 2012

CSA Research Sponsorship Opportunities Available

CSA announces the availability of several new opportunities to sponsor key research initiatives. Your support helps us maintain our aggressive research schedule and accelerate responsible adoption of cloud computing.

April 13, 2012

Top Threats to Cloud Computing Kick-Off Call

Join us on our Kick-Off Call as we look for volunteers to participate in updating the CSA Top Threats to Cloud Computing document.

March 01, 2010

Cloud Security Alliance and HP Identify Top Cloud Security Threats in New Research Report

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and HP (NYSE: HPQ) today announced new research findings that detail the potential threats surrounding the use of cloud services.


Title, Description Version Release Date Download / Link
The Notorious Nine: Cloud Computing Top Threats in 2013 1.0 02/25/2013 Download
Top Threats to Cloud Computing Survey Results Update 1.0 11/07/2012 Download
Download Top Threats Report 1.0 03/01/2010 Download (pdf)