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Cloud security survey can help shape best practices

Cloud Security Alert By Tim Greene, Network World
September 14, 2009 05:21 PM ET
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Clarifying issues surrounding this emerging security architecture

You can make a difference deciding what aspects of cloud security get the most attention in upcoming recommendations about best practices.

The Cloud Security Alliance is soliciting businesses to fill out a brief questionnaire about their perceptions of cloud services and their concerns about using such services. It is also asking what their use of cloud technology and services is likely to be in the near term.

Once the CSA has had the chance to digest the results, it will use them to help shape educational programs it plans to offer. It will also use them to refine the areas of guidance it will offer in its effort to provide best practices in a range of areas.
CSA has broken down its efforts into 15 domains ranging from legal to risk management to storage and virtualization.

Volunteer workgroups are focusing on each area and revising the group’s initial guidance released this spring. Version two of its “Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing” is scheduled to be released next month.
Filling out the online survey takes about five minutes. When you are done, you can sign up to have the results e-mailed to you once they are compiled.

Meanwhile, three founding members of CSA have written a book on cloud security that is touted as a step-by-step guide to securing Web applications and to address regulatory concerns associated with cloud computing. Cloud Security and Privacy: An Enterprise Perspective on Risks and Compliance is written by Tim Mather, Subra Kumaraswamy and Shahed Latif.

Read more about security in Network World's Security section.

Tim Greene is senior editor at Network World.

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