Working Group

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


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

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Laura Posey

Laura Posey

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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

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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Third-Party Vendor Risk ManagementJun 13, 2022
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Third-Party Vendor Risk Management

Open Until: 06/13/2022

The increased use of third-party vendors for applications and data processing services is a business model that is likely t...