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Skyhigh CloudTrust Program - Coming to the Cloud Security Rescue

March 07, 2014
By Lavanya Rathnam
TMCnet Contributing Writer

As cloud services expand, so do the security concerns surrounding it. In fact, security is the single biggest barrier that prevents companies from tapping into the benefits of cloud services. Research shows these security concerns exist because of a lack of a comprehensive third-party assessment program. As a result, companies wishing to use cloud services had to do a security assessment themselves or they had to go with the claims made by the service provider without really evaluating it. To fill this gap, a California-based company called Skyhigh Networks created a program called CloudTrust.

Under this program, every cloud service company is evaluated on the basis of certain defined criteria. This criteria can be broadly divided into five broad categories, namely, data attributes, user and device attributes, service attributes, business attributes, and legal attributes. Under each of these categories, more than fifty different aspects are checked. These different categories and criteria were decided by Skyhigh in conjunction with the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA). Using these attributes, the program evaluates the security capabilities of a cloud service provider and assesses whether the cloud service provider is enterprise-ready or not.

Skyhigh evaluates thousands of service providers and awards the prestigious Skyhigh Enterprise-ready rating only to those companies that meet the stringent requirements established under this program. One company that recently won this rating is RingCentral Inc. This company specializes in providing voice, text and conferencing services for businesses of any size and budget. This certification is expected to improve the marketability of the company and find more clients across the world.

Other companies that have earned this prestigious rating are BambooHR, Adobe EchoSign, HubSpot, Jive Software, Okta, Ping, Salesforce, Box, Workday, Marketo, Yesware, Cisco (News - Alert), Webex, and Zuora.

This certification has benefited cloud service providers as well as clients in a big way. 

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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