How to Assess Your Critical Cloud Service Providers

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Define Clear SLAs: Compliance

Step 5: Communicate Your “Legs and Regs” to CSPs

It is also essential to communicate the legislation and regulations that your industry is subject to, in order to drive the best outcomes from your CSP relationship. If you must abide by standards like FISMA, NIST, or PCI-DSS, for example, relay to your CSP how these guidelines may impact certain factors of service delivery, like access to information, so that they are cognizant of the different legal restraints they must work around.

Previously, MetricStream's David Williamson shared best practices for how companies can keep their cloud technologies secure, including:

  • Prioritizing the value of your data (whether public or private).
  • Considering the different ways a loss event may impact your organization.
  • Monitoring and managing your third-party relationships with specific loss prevention protocols.
  • Testing your network for weaknesses, and addressing them swiftly.
  • Dedicating resources for information stewardship.

According to the Global State of Information Survey led by PwC US in conjunction with CIO Magazine and CSO Magazine, of 10,000 IT and security decision-makers in 127 nations, 69 percent of respondents use cloud-based security services. This number reflects that the cloud has not only proliferated, but has become a staple in the enterprise IT strategy. Given the survey results, which reveal increasing and continued growth of cloud adoption, Williamson has outlined five best practice guidelines for how companies can assess the capabilities of their critical cloud service providers (CSP).


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