As companies leverage the cloud in various forms such as SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS, your company needs assurance that the cloud provider has strong security for its offering. Cloud provider compliance programs are your company’s first steps in evaluating the maturity of the cloud provider’s security.

In my previous blog, Managing IT Security in the Cloud, Part 1, I discussed the initial 3 areas to consider when managing IT security in the cloud:

There are many inherent benefits in leveraging the public cloud, such as infrastructure agility, scalability, cost-efficiency, and in many cases, performance.

The Cloud wave, now solidly in Phase 2 of its evolution, is no longer experimental or a proof of concept technology. Use cases are well defined and as such, adoption is now commonplace.