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Help CSA move from “point-in-time” assurance to continuous assurance. This change requires moving away from manual audits and moving to the world of security metrics.While the idea of security metrics is not new, there is no standard reference in the industry that supports security metrics in a way that is comparable to what the CSA CCM or ISO/IEC 27002 does for security controls. To address this gap, CSA launched the Continuous Audit Metrics Working Group in early 2020 to build the first catalog of security metrics for the cloud.
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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.
The Evolution of STAR: Introducing Continuous Auditing
For the most demanding cloud technology use cases, CSA created the STAR Level 3 program, further extending the scope of Level 2 to demonstrate continuous, automated, security, compliance, and privacy control effectiveness. CSA Continuous Auditing Certification (aka STAR Level 3) is the most rigorous assurance tier in the STAR program. Level 3-certified services providers can demonstrate that critical security controls are monitored and validated continuously, providing customers with the ultimate level of transparency and assurance.
Streamlining Vendor IT Security and Risk Assessments
Vendor security assessments generally consume a lot of time and cost while resulting in a limited understanding of a vendor’s risk profile. These inefficient assessments have trouble keeping up with the growing ecosystem of technology vendors—and especially the increased reliance on cloud security vendors. In such an ecosystem, technology leaders must redouble their efforts to improve vendor security oversight, risk assessment, and risk management activities. In this paper, the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and the National Technology Security Coalition (NTSC) are advocating for a new approach to how organizations manage risks, achieve assurance, and enable trust in the cloud.
Open Certification Framework Working Group Charter
The CSA Open Certification Framework (OCF) is an industry initiative to allow global, trusted independent evaluation of cloud providers. It is a program for flexible, incremental and multi-layered cloud provider certification and/or attestation according to the Cloud Security Alliance’s industry leading security guidance and control framework.