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Cloud Security As A Service Working Group Wraps Implementation Guidance

New Identity and Access Management Research Provides Business and Technical Considerations for Implementation of SecaaS as Part of the Cloud

September 26, 2012 –The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) today announced that its Security as a Service (SecaaS) Working Group has completed its peer review process and has published implementation guidance documents expanding upon their “Defined Categories of Service" document that was first made available in August of 2011. The Working Group’s Implementation Guidance now includes peer-reviewed documentation for each of the ten service categories that were defined in the previous version.

“The cloud presents organizations with a whole new set of challenges when it comes to assuring proper identity controls and access to privileged resources,” said Patrick Harding, CTO of Ping Identity. “The SecaaS implementation guidance being led by the CSA will go a long way to providing critical definitions across the industry and we are proud to be a sponsor of this important research.”

The first category being released today is on Identity and Access Management (IAM), providing a comprehensive set of controls for assured identities and access management. The IAM category is being sponsored by Courion Corporation, a leader in identity and access management (IAM) for access risk, and Ping Identity, The Cloud Identity Security LeaderTM. The remaining guidance documents will be presented at the CSA Summit at RSA Europe in London on October 8 and can be downloaded for free at: https://cloudsecurityalliance.org/research/secaas/#_downloads

“There is a great deal of excitement around providing Security as a Service but organizations need to make sure that the solutions being provided follow strong security guidelines,” said Dave Fowler, chief operating officer at Courion Corporation. “CSA’s SecaaS Working Group has done an exceptional job of defining the key security categories and incorporating feedback from domain experts across the security spectrum for this expanded version of implementation guidance.”

- Ends - About the Cloud Security Alliance The Cloud Security Alliance is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within Cloud Computing, and to provide education on the uses of Cloud Computing to help secure all other forms of computing. The Cloud Security Alliance is led by a broad coalition of industry practitioners, corporations, associations and other key stakeholders. For further information, visit us at www.cloudsecurityalliance.org, and follow us on Twitter @cloudsa.

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