Auditing Cloud Computing: A Security and Privacy Guideby Ben Halpert
Companies are increasingly looking to Cloud Computing to improve operational efficiency, reduce head counts, and help with the bottom line. But security and privacy concerns present a strong barrier to entry. In an age when the consequences and potential costs of mistakes could quickly become catastrophic for companies that handle confidential and private customer… See more details below
Companies are increasingly looking to Cloud Computing to improve operational efficiency, reduce head counts, and help with the bottom line. But security and privacy concerns present a strong barrier to entry. In an age when the consequences and potential costs of mistakes could quickly become catastrophic for companies that handle confidential and private customer data, auditors and IT security professionals must develop better ways of evaluating the security and privacy practices of Cloud services. Auditing Cloud Computing presents a collection of white papers written by renowned thought leaders in the field of auditing Cloud Computing to 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 Cloud Computing and the many questions that may arise during preparation of an audit program or throughout the course of an audit or assessment. Edited by renowned information security researcher and practitioner Ben Halpert, this volume gathers a team of prominent Cloud experts who have labored to provide insight into many aspects that you and your organization will encounter during your foray into the Cloud.
Written for Cloud consumers, providers, and integrators, Auditing Cloud Computing explores:
- The history, relevant definitions, deployment models, and challenges of Cloud computing
- What you can expect when creating audit programs for Cloud environments
- How the industry efforts of CSA, NIST, ISACA, and ENISA have influenced security and compliance programs
- Implementing, extending, and maintaining a governance program for Cloud activities
- How to leverage existing lifecycle controls
- Cross-cloud deployments
- Cloud-based IT delivery and support
- How "radical simplification" and "securely shared" concepts apply to all Cloud deployment models, even private Clouds
- Architecture considerations for Cloud service delivery and support
- The Cloud security continuum
- Business Continuity Planning (BCP) and Disaster Recovery Planning (DRP)
- Regulations along with Cloud-specific considerations
- Shaping the future of Cloud Computing security and audit
Learn how to conduct a proper audit to ensure the security and privacy of your company's data in the Cloud with the necessary guidance found in Auditing Cloud Computing.
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BEN HALPERT, CISSP, is an information security researcher and practitioner. He has keynoted and presented sessions at numerous conferences and was a contributing author to Readings and Cases in the Management of Information Security and the Encyclopedia of Information Ethics and Security. Halpert writes a monthly security column for Mobile Enterprise magazine as well as an IT blog (www.benhalpert.com). He is also an adjunct instructor and on the advisory board of numerous colleges and universities.
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“Auditing Cloud Computing: A Security and Privacy Guide”, edited by Ben Halpert, CISSP, is a tremendous resource for auditors, security professionals, privacy officers and IT executives who need to understand the risks and mitigation strategies for an effective cloud computing solution. The chapters are written by leading professionals in IT, audit, security and management and cover progressively more detail and complexity so the reader builds on knowledge and the basics are not repeated. The editing provides a consistent style and tone throughout the book, making for smooth transitions from chapter to chapter. While the title focuses on auditing, the information provided in each chapter addresses topics that are pertinent to non-auditors, particularly security managers and business executives who are interested in an objective, vendor-independent overview of cloud computing risks and benefits. The information can also benefit cloud providers, particularly from the information on customer and auditor expectations. The book includes an appendix with an audit checklist for cloud computing, and includes a reference to the key review aspects covered in the various chapters of the book. While this is not itself a risk-based audit program, it does provide sufficient guidance for a risk assessment to be generated and the applicable audit checklist steps could then be performed. Overall, this book is quite readable and provides significant coverage of audit and security concerns for cloud computing. More and more companies are considering cloud computing, and whether or not they actually move their data, applications and/or processing to the cloud, it is beneficial for auditors and security professionals to be aware of the risks in advance of that move. With the number of cloud providers increasing, particularly those having FedRAMP or NIST 500-291 compliance, the concerns with third-party and vendor data being cloud based will be a concern even if the auditor’s company data is retained onsite.
I've had the pleasure of being one of the first few people to read this book. Companies are exponentially increasing their reliance on Cloud Computing, for reasons such as cost savings and increased efficiency. But are they ready for the cloud? If you are a person responsible for migrating your company to the cloud, there are many concerns that you need to think about and address prior to that migration if you want to avoid possible privacy incidents, loss of data, lack of compliance with regulations, and potential disasters that will cost you and your customers in loss revenue and productivity. This is where Auditing Cloud Computing shines, and provides you with a holistic approach to get the necessary information you need before the actual implementation. In 9 chapters, Mr. Halpert collected the thoughts of 12 industry leaders in areas of Cloud computing, reflecting on the following topics: 1. Introduction to Cloud computing 2. Cloud-Based IT Audit Process 3. Cloud-Based IT Governance 4. System and Infrastructure Lifecycle Management for the Cloud 5. Cloud-Based IT Service Delivery and Support 6. Protection and Privacy of Information Assets in the cloud 7. Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery 8. Global Regulation and Cloud Computing 9. Cloud Morphing: Shaping the Future of Cloud Computing Security and Audit The book provides ample information for anyone interested in Cloud computing, whether to implement new cloud infrastructure, migrate to a cloud provider, or simply get an understanding of this amazing technology. This book is a must-have for anyone dealing with Cloud Computing.