Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Microsoft Cloud Security Readiness Tool (Powered by Alinean)

Microsoft recently commissioned a study revealing that security and regulatory concerns are holding back cloud adoption, but that companies that have overcome these concerns and adopted a solid cloud strategy are realizing significant business and security benefits.
In the study, respondents revealed that their top barriers to cloud adoption were concerns about the ability to deal with industry standards (61%), transparency (59%) and security concerns (44%).
However, those that had overcome these concerns and implemented a cloud solution gained more time and money to focus on their core business (57%), and  believed that cloud services provided better security than the company was capable of on its own (54%).
To help organizations understand their current cloud readiness, and help build a solid strategy to overcome fears, Microsoft leveraged content from the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and worked with Alinean to develop the Cloud Security Readiness Tool.
Based on the CSA’s Cloud Controls Matrix, Microsoft’s Cloud Security Readiness Tool is an online diagnostic assessment, consisting of 27 questions that are used to analyze a company’s security practices, highlight issues, and make solution agnostic recommendations for what improvements can be realized by moving to cloud computing. 
As a result of running the tool, an IT executive receives a comprehensive assessment report in each of the 27 areas, including information on the potential benefits of cloud computing and the implications of specific and personalized industry sector regulations .
Announcing the launch of the tool, Adrienne Hall, general manager of Trustworthy Computing at Microsoft, told the RSA Conference Europe 2012 in London, “The aim of the tool is to simplify the process and cut through the clutter to help organizations take a step-by-step look at cloud adoption based on their environment”.
Click here to run the Cloud Security Readiness Tool (powered by Alinean) for yourself.

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