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Consensus Assessments

This group is focused on providing industry-accepted ways to provide security control transparency by documenting which security controls exist. This group has been merged with the CCM working group.
Cloud Controls Matrix and CAIQ v4
Cloud Controls Matrix and CAIQ v4

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Consensus Assessments
This group has been merged with the CCM Working Group.

Lack of security control transparency is a leading inhibitor to the adoption of cloud services. The CSA Consensus Assessments (CAIQ) working group was launched to perform research, create tools and create industry partnerships to enable cloud computing assessments. 

The CAIQ is used by CSPs to submit to the CSA STAR Registry.

The Consensus Assessments Initiative Questionnaire (CAIQ) v3.1. offers an industry-accepted way to document which security controls exist in IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS services, providing security control transparency. It 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 Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM). It helps cloud customers to gauge the security posture of prospective cloud service providers and determine if their cloud services are suitably secure. The CAIQ is used by CSPs to submit to the CSA STAR Registry.


Working Group Leadership

Laura Posey
Laura Posey

Laura Posey

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Sean Cordero
Sean Cordero

Sean Cordero

Sean Cordero brings more than 15 years of information security and IT experience to his current role as director, information security at Optiv. Cordero provides executive level advisement for the company’s Fortune 50 clients. Cordero’s prior leadership roles included: President of Cloud Watchmen, CSO for EdFund, CSO for ECMC West, Director of Security and Compliance for Charlotte Russe.

Cordero is a thought-leader and serves as chair...

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Evelyn de Souza
Evelyn de Souza

Evelyn de Souza

Senior Security Strategist at Cisco

Evelyn is responsible for championing holistic security solutions that address emerging industry trends such as cloud, data center SDN and mobile. She is a strong proponent of building automated, repeatable processes that enable organizations to sustain compliance while optimizing security posture and reducing costs. To this end, Evelyn co-chairs the Cloud Security Alliance Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM) which harmonizes regulations and indust...

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Infrastructure and Networking - CCSK v5 Study Guide

Open Until: 04/16/2024

Cloud computing infrastructure and network security are crucial aspects of ensuring the safety and reliability of data and ...

CSA Large Language Model (LLM) Threats Taxonomy

Open Until: 04/19/2024

This document establishes a common taxonomy and definitions for key terms related to AI risk scenarios, threats, and contro...

Information Technology Governance, Risk, and Compliance in Healthcare v2

Open Until: 04/26/2024

Cloud GRC is an effective means for organizations to gather important risk data, validate compliance, and report results. O...