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Part II of the Open Certification framework for cloud providers

CSA EMEA Congress, EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND: The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and BSI, the business standards company, announced the launch of the STAR Certification program, a rigorous third party independent assessment of the security of a cloud service provider.

The technology-neutral certification leverages the requirements of the ISO/IEC 27001:2005 management system standard together with the CSA Cloud Control Matrix, a specified set of criteria that measures the capability levels of the cloud service.

Organizations that outsource services to cloud service providers have a number of concerns about the security of their data and information. By achieving the STAR Certification, cloud providers of every size will be able to give prospective customers a greater understanding of their levels of security controls.

"Especially in light of recent government revelations, both consumers and providers of cloud-based services have been asking for independent, technology-neutral certification to help them make more informed decisions about the services they purchase and use," said Daniele Catteddu, MD, EMEA at CSA. "In providing a rigorous, user-centric assessment, STAR Certification will provide an additional layer of transparency that the industry has been calling for."

The STAR Certification is based upon achieving ISO/IEC 27001 and the specified set of criteria outlined in the Cloud Controls Matrix. There are 11 control areas within this matrix covering compliance, data governance, facility security, human resources, information security, legal, operations management, risk management, release management, resiliency and security architecture.

The independent assessment by an accredited CSA certification body, such as BSI, will assign a 'Management Capability' score to each of the 11 control areas. Each control will be scored on a specific maturity and will be measured against five management principles.

The internal report will show organizations how mature their processes are and what areas they need to consider improving on to reach an optimum level of maturity. These levels will be designated as either "No," "Bronze," "Silver" or "Gold" awards. Certified organization will be listed on the CSA STAR Registry as "STAR Certified."

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