Cloud Security Requirements and Policies

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Our last module covers how we ensure that data and operational transparency requirements are being met. One of the main tenants of using the cloud is trust, and this is achieved through transparency with the cloud provider. Because we are trusting the cloud provider to securely store our data, we need to ensure that we trust the security and compliance measures that they provide on our behalf. In order to build trust and transparency, the cloud provider must be honest, open, and accountable, and you need to know how your data will be protected and how networks and virtual machines are secured and kept separate from other tenants.

In this section, we will cover the following transparency considerations. Where is the data stored? Who has access to the data? The availability of our service and service change awareness. And finally, how is uptime guaranteed? Let's first look at where the data is stored. Which countries will the data be stored? Your local regulations may require that data remains in your region or country. Also, you need to check the location of backups, as these may be in a separate geographic region. Who has access to your data stored in the cloud? You need to ensure that other tenants cannot access your virtual machines ever.

Are data center employees vetted for employment? Do data center employees access your data? If so, when? Another big concern is transparency over availability. When needed, the services need to be always accessible. Can you see the real-time monitoring status of servers and services? You should also deploy your own monitoring tools and alerting software. Moving on to service uptime, sometimes equipment fails, and a cloud service may be interrupted. Cloud providers need to be transparent regarding service disruptions, including duration, resolution and causes.

Will the cloud service provider share access to the logs and a detailed analysis of any service problems? The SLA normally defines the desired availability, response time, and problem resolution.

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