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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
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:
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