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New certification program aims to verify cloud service provider security systems

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and BSI have announced the launch of the STAR Certification program, a rigorous third party independent assessment of the security of a cloud service provider.

By achieving STAR Certification, cloud providers will be able to give customers a greater understanding of their security controls and systems.

STAR Certification is based upon achieving ISO/IEC 27001 and the specified set of criteria outlined in the CSA Cloud Controls Matrix. There are 11 controls 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.

An 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.

Following assessment, an 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 organizations will be listed on the CSA STAR Registry as ‘STAR Certified’.

For further information on STAR Certification, visit: http://www.bsigroup.com/Cloud-Security

•Date: 27th September 2013 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

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