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Nine security controls to look for in cloud contracts

Brandon Butler | Nov. 15, 2012
To help ease the concerns of cloud security, which Gartner says is still a chief inhibitor to enterprise public cloud adoption, buyers are looking to contracts and service-level agreements to mitigate their risks.

Effectiveness: Theoretically high

How common? Never

Hacking insurance

Insurance by a third party, or by the vendor could help displace costs resulting from a security or data loss issue.

Effectiveness: Potentially helpful, but like the downtime credits, does not necessarily create incentive for provider to avoid a breach

How common? Rare, but growing

Negotiate security clauses

These allow customers to negotiate higher levels of security for certain programs or data.

Effectiveness: Potentially high

How common? Mostly for large customers only



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