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Ensure Cloud Security in IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS Environments

Keep your information security risks manageable when leveraging the benefits of cloud computing.

  • Security remains a large impediment to realizing cloud benefits. Numerous concerns still exist around the ability for data privacy, confidentiality, and integrity to be maintained in a cloud environment.
  • Even if adoption is agreed upon, it becomes hard to evaluate vendors that have strong security offerings and even harder to utilize security controls that are internally deployed in the cloud environment.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • The cloud can be secure despite unique security threats.
  • Securing a cloud environment is a balancing act of who is responsible for meeting specific security requirements.
  • Most security challenges and concerns can be minimized through our structured process (CAGI) of selecting a trusted cloud security provider (CSP) partner.

Impact and Result

  • The business is adopting a cloud environment and it must be secured, which includes:
    • Ensuring business data cannot be leaked or stolen.
    • Maintaining privacy of data and other information.
    • Securing the network connection points.
  • Determine your balancing act between yourself and your CSP; through contractual and configuration requirements, determine what security requirements your CSP can meet and cover the rest through internal deployment.
  • This blueprint and associated tools are scalable for all types of organizations within various industry sectors.

Ensure Cloud Security in IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS Environments

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should prioritize security in the cloud, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the ways we can support you in completing this project.

1. Determine your cloud risk profile

Determine your organization’s rationale for cloud adoption and what that means for your security obligations.

2. Identify your cloud security requirements

Use the Cloud Security CAGI Tool to perform four unique assessments that will be used to identify secure cloud vendors.

4. Implement your secure cloud program

Turn your security requirements into specific tasks and develop your implementation roadmap.

5. Build a cloud security governance program

Build the organizational structure of your cloud security governance program.


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Agriculture Financial Services Corporation

Guided Implementation

9/10

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5

Investors Bank

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

N/A

Advisors Excel, LLC

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

10

Thompson Rivers University

Guided Implementation

7/10

$10,000

5

OCLC

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10/10

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Regional Sanitation & Sacramento Area Sewer District

Guided Implementation

8/10

$5,093

10


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What Is a Blueprint?

A blueprint is designed to be a roadmap, containing a methodology and the tools and templates you need to solve your IT problems.

Each blueprint can be accompanied by a Guided Implementation that provides you access to our world-class analysts to help you get through the project.

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Try Our Guided Implementations

Get the help you need in this 5-phase advisory process. You'll receive 5 touchpoints with our researchers, all included in your membership.

Guided Implementation #1 - Determine your cloud risk profile
  • Call #1 - Discuss risk profile of organization.

Guided Implementation #2 - Identify your cloud security requirements
  • Call #1 - Walk through completion of assessments.

Guided Implementation #3 - Evaluate vendors from a security perspective
  • Call #1 - Get ready to approach the right vendors the right way.

Guided Implementation #4 - Implement your secure cloud program
  • Call #1 - Build an implementation roadmap and communication lines.

Guided Implementation #5 - Build a cloud security governance program
  • Call #1 - Plan out and create a governance program.

Author(s)

Ian Mulholland

Contributors

  • Paul Stillwell, Independent Security Consultant
  • Steven Woodward, CEO and Founder, Cloud Perspectives
  • Michel Fosse, Senior Consultant and Consulting Services Manager, LGS (an IBM Company)
  • John Lamboy, CIO/CISO, eKohs and EPSG
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