About CSA STAR Certification
The CSA STAR Certification is a rigorous third party independent assessment of the security of a cloud service provider. The technology-neutral certification leverages the requirements of the ISO/IEC 27001 management system standard together with the CSA Cloud Controls Matrix, a specified set of criteria that measures the capability levels of the cloud service.
Organizations that outsource services to cloud service providers have a number of concerns about the security of their data and information. By achieving the STAR Certification, cloud providers of every size will be able to give prospective customers a greater understanding of their levels of security controls.
The STAR Certification is based upon achieving ISO/IEC 27001 and the specified set of criteria outlined in the Cloud Controls Matrix.
The independent assessment by an accredited CSA certification body will assign a ‘Management Capability’ score to each of the CCM security domains. Each domain will be scored on a specific maturity and will be measured against five management principles.
The internal report will show organizations how mature their processes are and what areas they need to consider improving on to reach an optimum level of maturity. These levels will be designated as either “No”, “Bronze”, “Silver” or “Gold” awards. Certified organizations will be listed on the CSA STAR Registry as “STAR Certified”.
STAR CERTIFICATION evaluates the efficiency of an organization’s ISMS and ensures the scope, processes and objectives are “Fit for Purpose” and helps organizations prioritize areas for improvement and lead them towards business excellence.
It also enables effective comparison across other organizations in the applicable sector and it is focused on the strategic and operational business benefits as well as effective partnership relationships.
CSA STAR Certification enables the auditor to assess a company’s performance, on long-term sustainability and risks, in addition to ensuring they are SLA driven, allowing senior management to quantify and measure improvement year on year.
To be consistent with international standards, the STAR certification scheme is designed to comply with:
- ISO/IEC 17021:2011, Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems
- ISO/IEC 27006:2011, Information technology – Security techniques – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of information security management systems
- ISO 19011, Guidelines for auditing management systems
As of March 2015, all CSA STAR Certification assessments are based on CCM v3.x and ISO/IEC 27001:2013.
Detailed information about the schema can be found: https://cloudsecurityalliance.org/research/ocf/#_resources
The official launch of the STAR Certification program is the 25th of September 2013.
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Certificate pricing: rules and explanations
The STAR Certification Certificate price is based on the ‘effective number of employees’ in the scope of registration.
The certificate fee covers the issuing of a certificate for a 3-year period. If a certificate is being issued for less than a 3-year period the certification fee will be prorated to the nearest whole month. This means that a client can join half way through an ISO 27001 certification cycle without any penalty and allows us to align the client’s 27001 and STAR Certificates more easily
If a client wishes to increase the number of people in the scope of registration the difference between the fee that would be levied for the existing number of employees and the fee due for the new number of employees will be levied, prorated on the remaining duration of the certificate.
No refund will be given if the number of people in the scope of registration is reduced.
|Effective Employees||Fee (Euros)|
|1 to 10||500|
|11 to 25||1000|
|26 to 75||1750|
|76 to 250||3000|
|251 to 700||5000|
|701 to 1500||7000|
- CSA will apply price reduction based on the World Bank classification.
- CSA will apply a 20% price reduction for CSA Corporate Members.
- The World Bank scale and CSA Members discount cannot be cumulated.
Explanation on the STAR Certificate fee
The revenues from the certificates go to the Cloud Security Alliance that is the governing body of the Open Certification Framework and STAR Program.
The Cloud Security Alliance is a not for profit organization that covers its cost though memberships, sponsorships and royalties generated by the third party commercial exploitation of CSA’s Intellectual Properties and brand.
Through the STAR Certification Certificate fee, the Cloud Security Alliance will:
- cover the cost already sustained in the development of the OCF – STAR Certification,
- manage the STAR web site, which will be the portal where information related to STAR Certification will be displayed. The STAR web site will be also the public window for organizations that will obtain the STAR Certificate,
- organize educational campaigns (conferences, educational material, etc.) to support the penetration of STAR Certification in the market),
- support the improvement and update of Cloud Controls Matrix,
- support the development of OCF Level 3 - STAR Continuous.
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Requirements on a Certification Body
A certification body conducting CSA STAR Certification assessments shall be accredited to ISO 27006 by an IAF member accreditation body for delivery of ISO 27001 assessments.
- A certification body shall comply with all the requirements of ISO 27006 as well as the document “Requirements for Bodies Providing STAR Certification” https://downloads.cloudsecurityalliance.org/initiatives/ocf/Requirements_for_Bodies_Providing_STAR_Certification.pdf in order to qualify as a CSA STAR Certification Body.
- The document “Auditing the Cloud Controls Matrix” https://downloads.cloudsecurityalliance.org/initiatives/ocf/STAR_Cert_Auditing_the_CCM.pdf adds greater clarity for areas specific to auditing the CCM but does not relieve a Certification Body in its obligation to comply with 27006 when conducting an assessment.
- All assessors must be able to present evidence of passing an accredited lead auditor course for ISO 27001 or be a qualified and experienced ISO 27001 assessor for an IAF member accredited ISO 27001 certification body. Ref 184.108.40.206.1 c in ISO 27006.
- All assessors must have completed a BSI/CSA CCM course. Ref 220.127.116.11.1 c in ISO 27006. For more information on the CSA STAR Certification Training please see: http://www.bsigroup.com/en-GB/CSA-STAR-Certification/CSA-STAR-Certification-Training-/
- assessors must have a minimum of 2 years of experience working in Information Security. Ref 18.104.22.168.1 e in ISO 27006.
- The requirement expressed in the previous clause (2 year of experience working in Info Sec) is not necessary if the assessor has gained the CSA’s Certificate in Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) or alternative course that gives a similar level of grounding in cloud computing or information security applications.
|Certified Auditors||Contact Info|
|BrightLine CPAs & Associates, Inc.||
BrightLine performs attestation, audit and certification services both nationally and internationally. For more information visit www.BrightLine.com
|Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS)||
SGS Taiwan (East Asia HQ)
|The British Standards Institution (bsi)||
BSI Global HQ
Key Links & Resources
There are a number of control areas on the CCM that will each be awarded a management capability score on a scale of 1-15. This 2nd version release includes alignment with the CCM v1.4 and v3.X.
Release Date: May 16, 2014
The following guidelines will help you to apply good practice in publicizing, communicating and promoting your certification to stakeholders, including staff, customers and business partners, and to the general public.
Release Date: September 03, 2013
This document outlines how to conduct a STAR certification assessments to the Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM) as part of an ISO 27001 assessment.
Release Date: September 03, 2013
The CSA Open Certification Framework is a program for flexible, incremental and multi-layered cloud provider certification according to the Cloud Security Alliance’s industry leading security guidance and control objectives.
Release Date: August 17, 2012