Earlier in this series I wrote about transparency and how the Cloud Security Alliance’s (CSA) Security Trust and Assurance Registry (STAR) provides cloud customers with some insight into how cloud providers are managing the security controls of their cloud offerings.
Office 365 was one of the first services to publish a self-assessment in the CSA’s STAR; this past week Microsoft published a second self-assessment in the STAR, this time for Windows Azure. This means that customers or potential customers who are evaluating security practices for Office 365 or Windows Azure can use these self-assessments to understand whether these services fulfill the security, compliance and risk management requirements that their organizations have. This information will help cloud customers save time, effort, and money in their efforts to understand how the security of these services is being managed. You can download these assessments directly from Microsoft or from the CSA’s website.
In this segment of Trustworthy Computing’s Cloud Fundamentals Video Series I’m joined by Kellie Ann Chainier, a Cloud Business Manager from Microsoft’s Worldwide Public Sector team. Kellie Ann discusses the new STAR assessment for Windows Azure.
If you haven’t seen the other videos in this series, you can check them out using one of these links:
Cloud Fundamentals Video Series
- Introducing the Cloud Fundamentals Video Series
- Cloud Computing & Business Agility
- Cloud Computing Requires Transparency
- Cloud Transparency as an Element of Trust
- The Benefits of Industry Collaboration to Cloud Computing Security
- Benchmarks and Evaluation Standards for Cloud Computing Security
- Evaluating Different Cloud Service Offerings by Comparing Security Controls
- e-discovery in the Cloud
- Compliance in the Cloud
- Cloud Computing Privacy at Microsoft, Part 1
- Cloud Computing Privacy at Microsoft, Part 2
- The Importance of Secure Development Practices for Cloud Services
- Bring Your Own Device and the Cloud
Please check back on this blog regularly as we continue the Cloud Fundamentals Video Series and explore topics that are important for IT professionals and business decision makers who are interested in cloud security, privacy, and reliability.