Cloud Computing Security Assessment

Secure your cloud

Next Steps:

Overview

Cloud computing offers several key advantages to organizations, including reduced costs, automation, hardware independence, high availability, and increased flexibility. Use of cloud technology also alters the risk landscape, impacting confidentiality, privacy, integrity, regulatory compliance, availability, and e-discovery, as well as incident response and forensics. Therefore, it is important to ensure that proper security controls are in place.

Key Benefits

  • Ease the transition to cloud-based services
    Avoid security pitfalls as customers transition to cloud-based services. McAfee Strategic Security Services designs, implements, and assesses a cloud solution that will meet the security requirements of your customers.
  • Assure clients that your cloud solution is secure
    Assess the physical and application security of your cloud solution. Hosting companies or enterprises that host their own products or solutions can reassure clients and business partners about security. After the assessment, McAfee Strategic Security Services provides a letter of attestation to disseminate to your new and current clients, assuring them that your cloud solution has been built with security best practices and requirements in mind.
  • Get next step recommendations
    Our deliverables include a Comprehensive Cloud Computing Assessment report with summary report card, next step recommendations, a half-day Cloud Computing Assessment presentation and results review workshop, and a letter of attestation for your clients or business partners.

Methodology

McAfee Strategic Security Services' Cloud Computing Security Assessment covers all the major cloud computing architectures, including Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).

As a cloud computing service provider or as a private cloud host, McAfee Strategic Security Services creates a custom engagement that assesses the implementation’s physical and application security. McAfee Strategic Security Services then provides a letter of attestation to disseminate to your new and current customers, assuring them that your cloud solution is secure.

McAfee Strategic Security Services' methodology for each engagement is based on our overall assessment approach that includes:

Architecture & Design Assessment
In the Architecture & Design Assessment phase, McAfee Strategic Security Services consultants examine:

  • Network topology
  • Key assets
  • Data storage and operation
  • Input and output endpoints in system
  • Trust boundaries
  • Access controls
  • System and network isolation
  • Administrative controls for cloud vendor
  • Administrative controls for business owner

Cloud Infrastructure Security Assessment
In the Cloud Infrastructure Security Assessment, McAfee Strategic Security Services consultants examine the logical network, applications, and services hosted by the cloud. Key services in this assessment may include the following:

  • Internal and external penetration
  • Application or product penetration
  • Host security configuration
  • Firewall security
  • VPN and remote access security
  • Physical security
  • Attack and penetration
  • Information retrieval
  • Pillage and cleanup

Governance, Policies & Procedures Review
The policies, procedures, and regulations followed by your organization may not be consistent with security best practices. The vendor’s policies and procedures are compared against industry best practices and regulatory compliance requirements that are specific to your organization. Based on the results, policies, procedures, and service legal agreements can be developed to bridge identified gaps. The areas covered as part of this review include:

  • Legal contract and SLA review
  • E-discovery and information management
  • Information and data lifecycle management
  • Compliance and audit
  • Business continuity and disaster recovery management
  • Information integrity and confidentiality assurance
  • Operation, administration, and access management procedures
  • Incident response management and forensics

All McAfee Strategic Security Services projects are managed using our proven Security Engagement Process (SEP). A critical aspect of this process is continual communication with your organization to ensure the success of the engagement. The duration of this engagement depends on the size and nature of your cloud computing efforts and project scope.