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Accreditation models for secure cloud adoption

Today, as part of its Secure Cloud Adoption series, AWS released new strategic outlook recommendations to support decision makers in any sector considering or planning for secure cloud adoption. “Accreditation Models for Secure Cloud Adoption” provides best practices with respect to cloud accreditation to help organizations capitalize on the security benefits of commercial cloud computing, while maximizing efficiency, scalability, and cost reduction.

Many organizations are looking to modernize their IT investments and transition quickly to the cloud. However, determining how to accredit cloud services can be a challenge. If the organizational model is too laborious or is seen as an obstacle to cloud adoption and cloud-first policies, this can delay the transition to cloud. Understanding the best practices of early cloud adopters and the organizational models that support their accreditation programs helps leaders make well-informed decisions.

Accreditation Models for Secure Cloud Adoption” provides an overview of three organizational models for cloud accreditation: decentralized, centralized, and hybrid. It differentiates them based on who determines and approves risk decisions. Regardless of the organizational model used, four recommended best practices help cloud adopters balance speed, efficiency, and cost of adoption with security.

Ultimately, cloud adoption depends on a multitude of factors unique to each situation. Organizations should have a thorough understanding of the shared responsibility between the cloud service provider and the consumer to create a more secure, robust, and transparent environment. Examining a range of options and understanding how each can facilitate successful cloud adoption empowers organizations to make the best choice.

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Jana Kay

Since 2018, Jana Kay has been a cloud security strategist with the AWS Security Growth Strategies team. She develops innovative ways to help AWS customers achieve their objectives, such as security table top exercises and other strategic initiatives. Previously, she was a cyber, counter-terrorism, and Middle East expert for 16 years in the Pentagon’s Office of the Secretary of Defense.