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The Cloud Security Alliance Launch

With the mission to promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within Cloud Computing, and provide education on the uses of Cloud Computing to help secure all other forms of computing, such as the high growth cloud CRM software market, the Cloud Security Alliance was launched from the recent April 21st RSA conference. As part of the launch, the new not-for-profit Alliance issued its inaugural white paper, titled 'Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing', which draws attention to key issues and provides insight for both Cloud Computing customers and IT providers within 15 topical domains.

"We expect a great deal of migration towards cloud computing within the federal government in addition to the already robust private sector growth," said Paul Kurtz, former White House advisor, Good Harbor Consulting partner and Cloud Security Alliance founding participant. "The growth of the cloud should not outpace our ability to protect the data that goes into it, and the Cloud Security Alliance is a key collaborative effort to help assure that is the case."

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The 15 strategic domain areas include the following:

  • Architectural Frameworks
  • Information lifecycle management
  • Governance and Enterprise Risk Management
  • Compliance and Audit
  • General Legal
  • Application Security
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Encryption and Key Management
  • Storage
  • Virtualization
  • Portability and Interoperability
  • Data Center Operations Management
  • Incident Response, Notification, Remediation
  • Traditional Security Impact (business continuity, disaster recovery, physical security)
  • Electronic Discovery

The Security Alliance has partnered with experts in several disciplines, including legal, governance, network security, audit, application security, storage, cryptography, virtualization, vulnerability assessments, risk management and several others, in order to deliver credible advice to securely safeguard cloud computing infrastructures. Senior Vice President of IT Strategy and Architecture at ING and Alliance founding participant Alan Boehme comments that this expert guidance is timely, "Enterprises need pragmatic advice to qualify and engage with cloud IT providers in a way that is in alignment with operational risk tolerances. We also need the flexibility to use cloud services for business needs of varying levels of sensitivity. It is important that the Alliance's recommendations are being driven by leading practitioners."

In the coming weeks, the Cloud Security Alliance will launch its one year roadmap of activities and programs at Info security Europe in London.

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This blog is focused on hosted, on-demand or software as a service (collectively SAAS) business solutions. To qualify as a SaaS solution, the service should be offered on a subscription (pay as you go) purchase price, housed in a multi-tenant data center and delivered remotely over the Web to web browsers. Business applications include about any front office or back office business system. Frequently cited business applications include Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems, Sales Force Automation (SFA) systems, Enterprise Resource Planning(ERP) systems, Supply Chain Management (SCM) systems, Manufacturing Systems and Human Resource (HR) systems.