The CSA Moves Down Market

As reported in eWeek, the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) is paying more attention to the SMB space.  “Launched on Wednesday, the CSA SMB Membership and SMB Working Group will focus on providing tailored guidance to SMBs and help cloud providers understand the requirements of the market. Among its first priorities, the CSA SMB Working Group will be tasked with creating an SMB version of the CSA Guidance, along with a number of materials related to cloud security that can be readily consumed by SMBs.”

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) is a not-for-profit organization tasked with promoting the use of best practices for providing security for cloud computing.  The new membership level and working group is designed to benefit the growing needs of cloud computing among small to medium-size businesses (SMB).

The reality is that most small businesses that deploy cloud computing don’t think much about the security issues.  Indeed, cloud security is typically an afterthought that leads to some type of compromising of data.  Sometimes these compromises are discovered, and sometimes they are not.

What CSA does is rather noble.  However, I suspect that SMB still won’t pay much attention to cloud security, or security in general.  They simply don’t have the budgets to hire the talent required, or to purchase the right technology.