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Evaluating Cloud Computing Providers

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  • BYOE (bring your own encryption)

    BYOE (bring your own encryption) is a cloud computing security model that allows cloud service customers to use their own encryption software and manage their own encryption keys.  

  • CloudTrust Protocol (CTP)

    The CloudTrust Protocol or CTP is a mechanism that helps cloud service customers request and retrieve standardized inquiries about cloud provider transparency. 

  • Soc 2 (Service Organization Control 2)

    A Service Organization Control 2 (Soc 2) reports on various organizational controls related to security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality or privacy. 

  • Security, Trust and Assurance Registry (STAR)

    The Security, Trust and Assurance Registry (STAR) is an online registry of cloud provider security controls. 

  • Cloud Controls Matrix

    The Cloud Controls Matrix is a baseline set of security controls created by the Cloud Security Alliance to help enterprises assess the risk associated with a cloud computing provider. 

  • cloud computing

    A cloud service has three distinct characteristics that differentiate it from traditional hosting. It is sold on demand, typically by the minute or the hour; it is elastic -- a user can have as much or as little of a service as they want at any given... 

About Evaluating Cloud Computing Providers

Just like any vendor relationship, contracting with cloud service providers requires careful evaluation to make sure an organization's information security needs are met. Get tips, case studies and other resources for evaluating the cloud computing providers' security controls.