Israel Cyber Directorate, Cloud Security Alliance sign MoU

Parties will work together to strengthen cloud security awareness and preparedness across Israel and cloud security sector

Gaby Portnoy, Director General of Israel National Cyber Directorate, during Cybertech Global TLV, March 2022. Photo by Gilad Kavalerchik

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), a global not-for-profit dedicated to defining standards, certifications, and best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment, and the Israel National Cyber Directorate (INCD), the state body in charge of defending Israel's national cyber space from cyber threats, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) through which both parties will collaborate to increase cloud security awareness and preparedness across Israel, as well as address the issues and challenges present in today’s cloud market.

“We are excited to be partnering with the Israel National Cyber Directorate as we work together to address some of the most pressing challenges and issues facing cloud security today,” said Jim Reavis, co-founder and CEO, Cloud Security Alliance.

“As a leader in the cybersecurity space, Israel understands the importance of establishing a safe and secure cyberspace for a country’s continued growth and economic development. I am confident that together we will be able to create a more secure cloud market.”

“In working with the Cloud Security Alliance, we are furthering our mission of defending Israel’s nation cyberspace as well as making significant contributions to the global cloud security market,” said Gaby Portnoy, Director General of Israel National Cyber Directorate.

As part of the agreement, CSA's Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM), which has already been translated into Hebrew, will be incorporated into INCD's recommendations set of cloud security controls. 
The CSA STAR Registry is a publicly accessible registry of approximately 2,000 providers that documents the security and privacy controls provided by popular cloud computing offerings.

STAR encompasses the key principles of transparency, rigorous auditing, and harmonization of standards outlined in the Cloud Control Matrix (CCM), the industry’s de facto standard for cloud security assurance and compliance. Publishing to the registry allows organizations to show current and potential customers their security and compliance posture, including the regulations, standards, and frameworks to which they adhere. 

The MoU is the first step toward a possible additional collaboration, which could see joint research and the development of additional best practices, and eventually, the creation of a Cloud Security Center of Excellence in Israel.

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