What is Cloud Compliance?

Most organizations are subject to a wide range of data protection regulations, such as CMMC, NIST 800-171, PCI, HIPAA, and more.  When developing a regulatory compliance strategy or evaluating a Managed Service Provider (MSP), companies need to consider every aspect of their infrastructure, including their cloud deployments.

Why is compliance needed in the cloud?

Cloud adoption has grown rapidly in recent years. Today, almost all companies are using at least one type of cloud service, and most companies have multi-cloud deployments spanning a variety of vendor environments.

When moving to the cloud, an organization is still responsible for upholding regulatory compliance requirements. Companies are required to ensure that the protected data in their possession is appropriately protected regardless of its location, whether on-premises or in the cloud.

Who is responsible for compliance in the cloud?

When organizations move to the cloud, they often believe that their cloud services provider is solely responsible for security and regulatory compliance. However, this is only partially true.

In the cloud, an organization outsources responsibility for maintaining a portion of their infrastructure stack, which comes with the responsibility for securing those portions as well.  

However, the parts that are still under an organization’s control remain their responsibility to secure.

This breakdown of responsibility varies based upon the type of cloud service that an organization is using (SaaS, IaaS, PaaS, etc.). Cloud service providers publish shared responsibility models that provide a breakdown of responsibilities for each service offering. These shared responsibility models are crucial to determining what an organization’s compliance responsibilities are in their cloud environment.

How do I ensure compliance in the cloud?

Under the shared responsibility model, an organization is responsible for some of its security and compliance, and the rest falls under the role of the cloud service provider. Maintaining compliance in a cloud environment means both meeting an organization’s own compliance requirements and ensuring that the cloud services provider does so as well.

Many cloud services providers will publish a list of regulatory compliance certifications that they hold. If a service provider holds a particular certification, it means that that provider has been assessed and found to meet all applicable requirements under that regulation.

When selecting a cloud services provider, it is important to choose one that holds all the relevant certifications. For example, Hyper Vigilance uses Microsoft Azure, which meets a vast amount of global compliance standards.

Building a compliant cloud environment

Regulatory compliance is complex in the cloud. Unlike on-prem environments, an organization has infrastructure spread out over multiple different vendor environments. Each of these environments has its own security tools and configuration. Organizations often need specialized security solutions to maintain comprehensive visibility, consistent security, and compliance policy enforcement across their entire IT environment.

Start your compliance journey with Hyper Vigilance 

At Hyper Vigilance, our goal is to make getting compliant as simple and accessible as possible. With our straightforward pricing model and full-service compliance management solutions, you’ll have the assurance that all of your compliance requirements—including cloud services—will be met, without hurting your productivity or bottom line.  An easy way to get started is to find out where your organization currently stands with security and compliance with a compliance readiness inspection. Get in touch with us to begin your journey to compliance. 


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