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How to set up a cloud risk management policy

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A cloud risk management policy is about mitigating high risks to a lower level of risk. You should follow a four-step process when setting up the policy, taking into account how different users will perceive it (e.g., some users will want more flexibility than what’s in the policy). Implementing a cloud risk management policy can be a daunting task. Make it easier by breaking down who will use the policy: SaaS users, PaaS developers, and/or IaaS network specialists.

Step one: Identify the assets

  • A Software as a Service (SaaS) user is limited to the desktop, laptop, and/or tablet they use to access a SaaS application.
  • A Platform as a Service (PaaS) developer works with more assets. A PaaS developer uses computers and their tools to develop and manage an application; this person also runs their application on an operating system provided by the service provider.
  • An Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) specialist works with network, storage, or compute resources provided by the service provider.

Step two: Assess the risks

You need to assess each asset’s risk and rate them low, medium, or high. It doesn’t matter whether a risk is man-made (e.g., faulty application logic) or a natural disaster (e.g., an earthquake-prone area).

Step three: Implement safeguards

Before implementing a safeguard, you should make sure it would result in mitigating a high risk to a lower risk level. Safeguard examples include a failover mechanism, leap year recognition, and nested firewalls and two-factor authentication (e.g., a strong password plus facial recognition). If a safeguard for an asset does not offer a positive return on investments, you should get insurance for that asset.

Step four: Review assets, risks, and safeguards

You should periodically review assets, risks, and safeguards (usually every three or six months). When you do, you may discover that:

  • New assets have been acquired. For example, you get the latest tablet model from your organization, and you use it to access a SaaS application. Go back to the first step of identifying assets and start over.
  • New risks have emerged due to changing business requirements of an application you are developing with a PaaS. If your inventory doesn’t show any new assets, go back to the second step of assessing the risks. Otherwise, return to the first step and start over.
  • New safeguards may need to be implemented. This can happen when a new technology can make a safeguard more efficient for less money or when new risks emerge. It doesn’t matter whether you are a PaaS developer or an IaaS infrastructure specialist. Do the four-step process again.

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