Microsoft launches an update to the 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 better understand their current cloud readiness, assess potential risks and issues, and help build a solid strategy to overcome security 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 almost 30 questions that are used to analyze a company’s cloud security practices, highlight issues, and make solution-agnostic recommendations for what improvements can be realized by moving to cloud computing. 

“Organizations are often at a loss when it comes to how to go about determining which cloud services may be of value and whether deploying cloud services are appropriate in their environment. We hope this tool becomes every organization’s first step into the cloud,” says John Howie, COO of the CSA in an announcement by the Cloud Security Alliance recommending use of this tool to its members, for self-evaluation and certification.

As a result of running the readiness tool, an IT / business executive receives a comprehensive assessment report on how cloud data security, privacy, and reliability factors, as well as support for key compliance and regulatory standards.

“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,” according to Adrienne Hall, general manager of Trustworthy Computing at Microsoft.

Originally developed and launched last Fall, the tool has been significantly updated by Microsoft and Alinean for debut at the RSA Conference in San Francisco this week.

Click here to run the Cloud Security Readiness Tool (powered by Alinean) for yourself.


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