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Cloud security certifications: Do they help? Or are they all marketing?

Cloud security is a critical issue for customers, but how useful are cloud security certifications? Security expert Neils Johnson explains how providers should proceed.

As a cloud provider, what cloud security certifications are worth pursuing? Will they substantially beef up our security, or do they serve more of a marketing purpose for customers?

At first glance, security certifications seem to be a good idea. So the answer might be ALL of them! It certainly brings credibility to the discussion with the customer. The danger with certifications is that they are only a start. How often are those certifications updated? How aligned with today's security issues are they? Another consideration is aggressively seeking out cloud security best practices and aligning policy with those as well.

Have a question for Neils Johnson? Send an email to editor@searchcloudprovider.com.

This was last published in February 2012

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