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Confused about cloud providers & the different options, services, security and perks they all offer? You’re not alone.

CSA STAR RegistryTo tame the confusion, the Cloud Security Alliance launched the Security, Trust, and Assurance Registry (STAR) to give potential cloud customers a central database from which they can compare providers’ security assertions. Participating providers submit their answers to a self-assessment questionnaire, attesting to the security controls and monitoring that they have put in place to protect customer data.

While only four providers, including Solutionary and Microsoft Office 365, have submitted self-assessments to date, a much larger number are currently working through the documents, according to the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA).

“It should create a little bit more competition to make security part of the differentiation between services,” says Jim Reavis, founder and executive director of the CSA. “I think by the end of this year, we will have a very complete set of providers on the site.”

So check back on the STAR web site throughout the year for more and more comparisons of cloud providers’ security & monitoring options so you can find the one that’s right for you.

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