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Cloud Controls Matrix and CAIQ v4
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Cloud Controls Matrix
Maintaining cloud governance, risk and compliance is becoming increasingly difficult.
The more complex systems become, the less secure they become, even though security technologies improve. With the proliferation of security certifications, industry standards and regulations it is becoming increasingly challenging to keep up with the requirements to stay secure and compliant in the cloud. 

Why was the CCM created?
To respond to simplify the process of assessing the overall security risk of a cloud provider, CSA created the Cloud Control Matrix (CCM) and Consensus Assessment Initiative Questionnaire (CAIQ). The CCM provides a controls framework that gives detailed understanding of security concepts and principles that are aligned to the best practices outlined in the CSA Security Guidance for Cloud Computing. The CAIQ provides a set of Yes/No questions a cloud consumer and cloud auditor may wish to ask of a cloud provider to ascertain their compliance to the CCM. To learn more about how to use the CCM you can download the CCM Implementation Guidelines.

Help Integrate the CCM with CRI’s Financial Services Cybersecurity Profile
CSA is partnering with the Cyber Risk Institute (CRI) to provide the financial community with new resources to map and integrate CSA’s Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM) and CRI’s Financial Services Cybersecurity Profile. The goal is to define the scope, objectives and technical specifications of the Cloud Security Framework for Financial Services. To learn more, download our group charter


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Along with releasing updated versions of the CCM and CAIQ, this working group provides addendums, control mappings and gap analysis between the CCM and other research releases, industry standards, and regulations to keep it continually up to date.

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Cloud Controls Matrix

CSA Research crowd-sources the knowledge and expertise of security experts and helps address the challenges and needs they’ve experienced, or seen others experience, within the cybersecurity field. Each publication is vendor-neutral and follows the peer review process outlined in the CSA Research Lifecycle. We recommend getting started by reading the following documents.

Cloud Controls Matrix v4 and CAIQ v4

Cloud Controls Matrix v4 and CAIQ v4

The Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM) is a cybersecurity control framework and is considered the de-facto standard for cloud security and privacy. Version 4 of the Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM) has been combined with the Consensus Assessment Initiative Questionnaire (CAIQ).  Version 4 introduces changes in the structure of the framework with a new domain dedicated to Log and Monitoring (LOG), and a significant increase in requirements. Additional features are: ensured coverage of requirements deriving from new cloud technologies, new controls and security responsibility matrix, improved auditability of the controls, and enhanced interoperability and compatibility. 

CCM v4 Implementation Guidelines

CCM v4 Implementation Guidelines

This document will help you understand how to navigate through the Cloud Controls Matrix v4 to use it effectively and how to interpret and implement the CCM control specifications. Given a certain CCM control specification, the document will help explain what should be done to effectively implement and monitor the control, which specific best practices should be followed, what the specific regulations of reference are, and what the differences are when implementing a control from the SaaS-PaaS-IaaS perspective.

CCM Translation in 10 Languages

CCM Translation in 10 Languages

CSA in the context of an agreement with OneTrust has translated the Cloud Control Matrix (CCM) v3.0.1 in 10 languages in order to facilitate their easier adoption by organizations in the corresponding countries. Provided translations are in: Spanish (ES), German (DE), French (FR), Italian (IT), Japanese (JA), Danish (DA), Dutch (NL), Portuguese (PT), Romanian (RO) and Swedish (SV).

Cloud Security Initiative for the Financial Sector Working Group

CSA is partnering with the Cyber Risk Institute (CRI) to provide the financial community with new resources to map and integrate CSA’s Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM) and CRI’s Financial Services Cybersecurity Profile. The goal is to define the scope, objectives, and technical specifications of the Cloud Security Framework for Financial Services.

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