Most organizations moving assets into cloud provider environments realize it’s prudent to do a thorough risk assessment beforehand. However, even the most robust cloud infrastructure can suffer from availability and security failures.
In recent months, there have been several well-publicized cloud outages and cloud computing breaches. Cloud consumers can learn some simple lessons from these incidents.
The major risk inherent in cloud adoption is ceding control to an external organization, and that includes security controls. Consumers of cloud services should demand a high level of visibility and transparency into exactly what controls the providers have, as well as how they’re maintained.
See Cloud outages and cloud computing breaches: Lessons learned, by Dave Shackleford for SearchCloudSecurity.