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‘IT Control Objectives for Cloud Computing: Controls and Assurance in the Cloud’

To help organizations worldwide get the most value from the cloud, global IT association ISACA has issued a new guide outlining how to implement effective controls and governance for cloud computing. ‘IT Control Objectives for Cloud Computing: Controls and Assurance in the Cloud’, is available at www.isaca.org/ITCOcloud.

According to the ISACA guide, when enterprises decide to use cloud computing for IT services, business processes are impacted and governance becomes critical to:

• Effectively manage increasing risk;
• Ensure continuity of critical business processes that now extend beyond the data centre /center;
• Communicate clear enterprise objectives internally and to third parties;
• Adapt effectively;
• Facilitate continuity of IT knowledge, which is essential to sustain and grow the business;
• Handle myriad regulations.

IT Control Objectives for Cloud Computing notes that enterprises must ask the following key questions for proper governance of cloud computing:

• What is the enterprise’s expected availability?
• How are identity and access managed in the cloud?
• Where will the enterprise’s data be located?
• What are the cloud service provider’s disaster recovery capabilities?
• How is the security of the enterprise’s data managed?
• How is the whole system protected from Internet threats?
• How are activities monitored and audited?
• What type of certification or assurances can the enterprise expect from the provider?

The guide also outlines business case development, how standards and good practices assist with cloud governance, how to establish business goals for the cloud, risk considerations and responsibilities, and a cloud computing management audit/assurance program.

IT Control Objectives for Cloud Computing is the third book in ISACA’s IT Control Objectives series. The first, IT Control Objectives for Sarbanes-Oxley, was downloaded more than a quarter of a million times. IT Control Objectives for Cloud Computing is available in print (US $60) and e-book (US $50) form. ISACA members can download the e-book free of charge and purchase the print book for US $35.

•Date: 3rd August 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

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