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AWS CSA Consensus Assessment Initiative Questionnaire version 4 now available

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has published an updated version of the AWS Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Consensus Assessment Initiative Questionnaire (CAIQ). The questionnaire has been completed using the current CSA CAIQ standard, v4.0.2 (06.07.2021 update), and is now available for download.

The CSA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to “defining and raising awareness of best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment.” For more information, see the Cloud Security Alliance website. A wide range of industry security practitioners, corporations, and associations participate in CSA.

What is CSA CAIQ and how can you use it?

The CSA Consensus Assessments Initiative Questionnaire provides a set of questions that CSA anticipates a cloud consumer or a cloud auditor would ask of a cloud provider. The AWS CSA CAIQ provides the AWS control implementation descriptions for a series of cloud-specific security questions based on the Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM). The AWS CSA CAIQ also reflects the AWS customer responsibilities according to the shared responsibility model, which can help customers comply with the CSA CCM.

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Sonali Vaidya

Sonali leads multiple AWS global compliance programs, including HITRUST, ISO 27001, ISO 27017, ISO 27018, ISO 27701, ISO 9001, and CSA STAR. Sonali has over 20 years of experience in information security and privacy management and holds multiple certifications such as CISSP, C-GDPR|P, CCSK, CEH, CISA, PCIP, ISO 27001, and ISO 22301 Lead Auditor.


Raj Sreepada

Raj helps financial services customers with information security and compliance requirements as a Program Manager for AWS. He has over 20 years’ experience in information security, risk management, and project/program management within large financial, technology and consulting organizations as well as holds multiple information security certifications such as CISSP and CISM.