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CAIQ (Consensus Assessments Initiative Questionnaire)

Contributor(s): Madelyn Bacon

The Consensus Assessments Initiative Questionnaire (CAIQ) is a survey provided by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) for cloud consumers and auditors to assess the security capabilities of a cloud provider.

The CAIQ is a spreadsheet containing a set of questions, including a series of only yes or no control-assertion questions that can be customized to fit an individual cloud customer's needs. The CAIQ is to be used in conjunction with the CSA guidance and the CSA Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM) and is part of the CSA GRC Stack. It is designed to support organizations when interacting with cloud provider during the cloud provider assessment process by giving organizations specific questions to ask about provider operations and processes.

Cloud providers can use the CAIQ to outline their security capabilities to customers, publicly or privately, in a standardized way using the terms and descriptions considered to be a best practice by the CSA.

Completing the CIAQ usually takes a few hours and it is considered only a first-level screening process; more intensive provider review processes are advised.

This was last updated in October 2014

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Has your organization used the CSA CAIQ to assess cloud provider security capabilities? Was it helpful? If so, how?
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I completed the CAIQ v3.0.1 for a security due diligence that was part of an RFP.  It's a cool idea and I 100% support the initiative, however, the CAIQ has a network externality problem.  Very few companies are aware of it and fewer that are aware ask for it.  It would be cool if it had wider adoption.  I found it to be incredibly helpful.  The market needs better education on the benefits of the CAIQ.    
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