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Steps to developing a secure outsourcing plan for cost-effectively and securely outsourcing IT services

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Introduction:

Selecting a service provider with strong security procedures and services in cloud computing can be a strategic move, but enterprise organizations need to continue to take an active role in security and risk management. Working together, the cloud provider and the enterprise can ensure that existing security practices are being complemented and that enterprise resources are protected according to industry best practices.

As we worked with them on their risk management program – identifying risks, evaluating the value of the assets, and looking at annualized loss expectancies to build out the level of assurance they needed – they realized the economic argument and value for enabling seamless failover to a redundant site across the country.

Secure Cloud Security Outsourcing Steps

We takes pride in ensuring  our enterprise customers services are secure and reliable but encourages all businesses to take an active role in being sure their specific security and compliance requirements are met. Our cloud services are a major advantage for growing organizations that have not yet embedded established policies and procedures into the company. The enterprise can rely on the best practices the service provider has developed over years of experience in similar environments.

Selecting a stable cloud service provider with world-class data centers, enterprise cloud computing infrastructure, application expertise, and a proven security methodology will help the enterprise reap the financial rewards of cloud computing while implementing a security framework optimized for the requirements of cloud architectures.

These seven steps are meant to serve as a framework to guide companies as they develop a secure cloud-computing plan.

STEP 1: REVIEW YOUR BUSINESS GOALS

  • Understand your business goals and direction
  • Develop cloud security policies based on cross- departmental input that includes insights from senior management and all of the stakeholders
  • Ensure that all security policies are aligned with strategic goals, and that the procedures are practical and pragmatic

STEP 2: MAINTAIN A RISK MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

  • Develop and maintain a risk management program centrally, and view it holistically
  • Carefully define exactly who is authorized to accept risk on behalf of the enterprise
  • Implement a well-defined and carefully maintained risk management program so you can provide an aggregated view of the risk that a company is willing to accept
  • Ensure that security professionals regularly conduct careful analysis to develop responsible programs and build in the necessary controls and auditing capabilities to mitigate risks and protect organizational assets
  • Gain executive-level buy-in to the cloud computing risk assessment policy, and for publicly traded companies, gain Board-level approval if necessary
  • Consider seamless failover to a redundant data center and disaster recovery planning integral to risk management

STEP 3: CREATE A SECURITY PLAN THAT SUPPORTS YOUR BUSINESS GOALS

  • Develop goals with measurable results that are consistent with providing support for the growth and stability of the company
  • Include compliance programs, technologies, and processes with specific metrics
  • Work with your cloud service provider to ensure that your security plan is nimble enough to support evolving corporate strategies or regulatory requirements

STEP 4: ESTABLISH CORPORATE-WIDE SUPPORT

  • Gain the approval of your cloud computing security plan from not only executive management but also the general workforce
  • Make sure security policies are not in conflict with other policies from different departments, and that they are not too time-consuming
  • Establish levels of security that can be centrally managed and conveniently implemented across the organization

STEP 5: CREATE SECURITY POLICIES, PROCEDURES, AND STANDARDS

  • Establish a set of guidelines to ensure that all compliance measures are identified
  • Make sure that compliance requirements are reflected in your policies and procedures
  • Ensure that auditors can clearly review your policies and how you have implemented so they can that they are being followed.
  • Design a comprehensive, layered approach based on a security framework to address common regulatory requirements. This will make it easier to adopt and maintain security procedures that can be audited so you can achieve your security and compliance goals.
  • Turn to this 7-step plan as the foundation for your internal audits. If you don’t have these steps in place, you won’t have a structure that auditors can easily follow
  • Read everything you can and apply best practices to creating policies that align with business goals.
  • Develop procedures that are realistic and that will be acceptable to the organization

STEP 6: AUDIT AND REVIEW OFTEN

  • Review the security plan on a regular basis, report on achievements of goals, and audit the compliance of the organization to the security policies and procedures
  • If it is part of your overall business plan, turn to a third- party audit to provide an impartial review of the controls and report on compliance to established programs
  • Understand the auditing requirements for your business and the frequency of your audits not only for ensuring compliance with relevant requirements but also so you can implement best practices for securing enterprise resources
  • Audit and review the results regularly to ensure that the controls remain in place and that that they are being followed
  • If an audit reveals any potential security or compliance problems, ensure they are remediated before the next audit cycle

STEP 7: CONTINUOUSLY IMPROVE

  • Annually review your cloud computing security plan with senior management and your cloud services provider
  • Re-establish goals
  • Review and edit security policies and procedures
  • Actively report back to the organization the accomplishments of the security and compliance teams

These steps should be implemented sequentially, and it is an iterative process based on best practices and focused on continuous improvement.  By following these guidelines, organizations can structure security and compliance programs to take advantage of the economic advantages of managed cloud applications and services while meeting organizational security and compliance objectives

At easySERVICE Data solutions, we follow cloud security steps defined by experts— sequentially—that have been tested and refined, while helping hundreds of companies secure enterprise resources according to best practices. Enterprise can rely on a proven methodology for cost-effectively and securely leveraging cloud services.

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One comment on “Steps to developing a secure outsourcing plan for cost-effectively and securely outsourcing IT services

  1. StellarPhoenixS
    January 28, 2015

    Reblogged this on Stellar Phoenix Solutions.

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