Auditing Cloud Computing: A Security and Privacy Guide

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The auditor's guide to ensuring correct security and privacypractices in a cloud computing environment

Many organizations are reporting or projecting a significantcost savings through the use of cloud computing—utilizingshared computing resources to provide ubiquitous access fororganizations and end users. Just as many organizations, however,are expressing concern with security and privacy issues for theirorganization's data in the "cloud." Auditing Cloud Computingprovides necessary guidance to build a proper audit to ensureoperational integrity and customer data protection, among otheraspects, are addressed for cloud based resources.

  • Provides necessary guidance to ensure auditors address securityand privacy aspects that through a proper audit can provide aspecified level of assurance for an organization's resources
  • Reveals effective methods for evaluating the security andprivacy practices of cloud services
  • A cloud computing reference for auditors and IT securityprofessionals, as well as those preparing for certificationcredentials, such as Certified Information Systems Auditor(CISA)

Timely and practical, Auditing Cloud Computing expertlyprovides information to assist in preparing for an audit addressingcloud computing security and privacy for both businesses and cloudbased service providers.

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Companies are increasingly looking to Cloud Computing to improveoperational efficiency, reduce head counts, and help with thebottom line. But security and privacy concerns present a strongbarrier to entry. In an age when the consequences and potentialcosts of mistakes could quickly become catastrophic for companiesthat handle confidential and private customer data, auditors and ITsecurity professionals must develop better ways of evaluating thesecurity and privacy practices of Cloud services. Auditing CloudComputing presents a collection of white papers written byrenowned thought leaders in the field of auditing Cloud Computingto show you how to audit your company's hosted services.

Providing a holistic view to this elastic, on-demand service,Auditing Cloud Computing is your one-stop reference to CloudComputing and the many questions that may arise during preparationof an audit program or throughout the course of an audit orassessment. Edited by renowned information security researcher andpractitioner Ben Halpert, this volume gathers a team of prominentCloud experts who have labored to provide insight into many aspectsthat you and your organization will encounter during your forayinto the Cloud.

Written for Cloud consumers, providers, and integrators,Auditing Cloud Computing explores:

  • The history, relevant definitions, deployment models, andchallenges of Cloud computing
  • What you can expect when creating audit programs for Cloudenvironments
  • How the industry efforts of CSA, NIST, ISACA, and ENISA haveinfluenced security and compliance programs
  •   Implementing, extending, and maintaining a governanceprogram for Cloud activities
  • How to leverage existing lifecycle controls
  • Cross-cloud deployments
  • Cloud-based IT delivery and support
  • How "radical simplification" and "securely shared" conceptsapply to all Cloud deployment models, even private Clouds
  • Architecture considerations for Cloud service delivery andsupport
  • The Cloud security continuum
  • Business Continuity Planning (BCP) and Disaster RecoveryPlanning (DRP)
  •   Regulations along with Cloud-specificconsiderations
  • Shaping the future of Cloud Computing security and audit

Learn how to conduct a proper audit to ensure the security andprivacy of your company's data in the Cloud with the necessaryguidance found in Auditing Cloud Computing.

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Gain assurance with your hosted services with Auditing CloudComputing

Cloud Computing has taken the IT world by storm. Often viewed asthe utopia of utility computing, Cloud Computing offers flexibilityand financial benefits second to none. But in today's high-stakescorporate world, one devastating breach could quickly break acompany. Learn how to harness and secure the computing power of theCloud while helping your bottom line with Auditing CloudComputing.

Edited by Ben Halpert, a well-respected authority in ITsecurity, Auditing Cloud Computing presents a richcompilation of ideas and strategies from thought leaders who showyou how to develop better ways of evaluating the security andprivacy practices of Cloud services.

This comprehensive collection of papers is arranged to allow fora logical flow of information—beginning with a thoroughintroduction to the field, followed by in-depth coverage ofgovernance, audit, legal, service delivery, and otherperspectives—to provide you with a 360 perspective of theCloud Computing space.

Designed to help you audit the security and privacy of yourhosted services, Auditing Cloud Computing answers yourCloud-related questions, including:

  • Is the Cloud secure enough to house my data?
  • What kind of data shouldn't be stored in the Cloud?
  • What are the key regulatory issues?
  • Why do I need to establish a governance model before using theCloud?
  • What steps do I need to take to remain in compliance?
  • What are the causes and effects of regulation?
  • What are the real and perceived risks and benefits?
  • How do I balance business risk and business opportunity withthe appropriate internal audit?
  • What are the traditional lifecycle management techniques?
  • What are the Cloud's benefits over traditional IToutsourcing?
  • How do I manage my company's service agreements?
  • What is the future of regulation?
  • What's holding Cloud Computing back?

Timely and practical, Auditing Cloud Computing lays outthe groundwork to help you and your organization build a properaudit that ensures operational integrity and customer dataprotection for Cloud-based resources.  

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