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Cloud Controls Matrix

The Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM) is a cybersecurity control framework for cloud computing. Developed by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), it helps organizations (both cloud service providers and cloud service customers) assess the risks associated with cloud computing.

What is the Cloud Controls Matrix?

The CCM provides cloud service providers with best practices for the secure implementation of cloud infrastructure and services. It also helps cloud service customers assess the security of cloud service providers.
CCM version 4 evaluates cloud providers based on the following criteria:
  • Audit & Assurance
  • Application & Interface Security
  • Business Continuity Management & Operational
  • Change Control & Configuration Management
  • Cryptography, Encryption, & Key Management
  • Datacenter Security
  • Data Security & Privacy Lifecycle Management
  • Governance, Risk, & Compliance
  • Human Resources
  • Identity & Access Management
  • Interoperability & Portability
  • Infrastructure & Virtualization Security
  • Logging & Monitoring
  • Security Incident Management, E-discovery, & Cloud Forensics
  • Supply Chain Management, Transparency, & Accountability
  • Threat & Vulnerability Management
  • Universal Endpoint Management

Why do we need Cloud Controls Matrix?

The CCM considers some of the most important and well-known regulations and standards, such as those from NIST, ISO, and PCI. The framework provides recommendations about what must be done to minimize risks associated with cloud computing. The CCM is therefore useful for defining, implementing, and fulfilling security requirements, and can also be used to monitor the implementation of those security requirements.

How your organization can apply the Cloud Controls Matrix

Organizations can use the CCM to define and identify policies and technical requirements. Using these defined policies and requirements, they can control goals and objectives that will be included in their security program. With clear objectives, organizations can then enforce specific directives related to users and employees, other organizations, and cloud service providers, and can better comply with external regulations.

How SD Elements can help with the Cloud Controls Matrix

SD Elements offers specific tasks and instructions about how to implement security guidelines detailed in the CCM, thereby enabling users to benefit from it.


Furthermore, SD Elements provides training courses and related materials about best practices for implementing security in the cloud. These courses help speed up the development process while educating developers about cloud security principles.


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