The CSA CAIQ Assessment: What It Is and Why It Matters

BLOG 3 MINS | August 3, 2020
The CSA CAIQ Assessment: What It Is and Why It Matters

In this series, we’ll explore the leading industry standards, frameworks, and questionnaires that are relevant to third-party risk management. In this post, we’ll be discussing the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Consensus Assessment Initiative Questionnaire (CAIQ) assessment.

Who Developed CSA CAIQ Assessment?

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) was founded in 2009 and is an industry organization dedicated to helping “ensure a secure cloud computing environment.” The CSA offers membership for both solution providers and enterprises to provide a forum to network and collaborate.

In 2010, CSA created the Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM), which it still maintains today. In 2012, CSA launched its Security, Trust, and Assurance Registry (STAR) for cloud providers. And in 2020, CSA released v3.1 of its Consensus Assessment Initiative Questionnaire (CAIQ).

What is the CSA CAIQ Assessment?

The CSA CAIQ works hand-in-hand with the Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM), offering a set of Yes/No questions to determine an organization’s compliance with the CCM.

The CSA CAIQ maps to the CCM, which incorporates dozens of industry standards and frameworks, including:

  • AICPA TSC 2009
  • AICPA TSC (SOC 2SM Report)
  • AICPA TSC 2014
  • BITS Shared Assessments AUP v5
  • BITS Shared Assessments SIG v6.0
  • BSI Germany
  • Canada PIPEDA
  • CIS-AWS-Foundations v1.1
  • COBIT 4.1
  • COBIT 5.0
  • CSA Enterprise Architecture (formerly the Trusted Cloud Initiative)
  • CSA Guidance v3.0
  • FedRAMP (Low Impact)
  • FedRAMP (Moderate Impact)
  • GAPP
  • HITRUST CSF v8.1
  • ISO/IEC 27001:2005
  • ISO/IEC 27001:2013
  • ITAR
  • Jericho Forum
  • Mexico – Federal Law on Protection of Personal Data Held by Private Parties
  • NIST SP 800-53 r3 & r4
  • ODCA UM: PA R2.0
  • PCI DSS v2, v3, v3.2
  • Shared Assessments 2017 AUP

Who Uses the CSA CAIQ Assessment?

The CSA CAIQ is primarily used to help cloud customers “gauge the security posture of prospective cloud service providers and determine if their cloud services are suitably secure.”

How Can I Use a Cyber Risk Exchange to Assess My Third Parties Against CSA CAIQ?

The OneTrust Vendorpedia Cyber Risk Exchange is a community of shared vendor risk assessments, as well as security and privacy research on 60,000+ third parties. Through the exchange, your team can request access to completed CSA CAIQ assessments (along with other leading-industry standards).

Want to try it out? We’re offering an extended free trial that includes access to 10 free and completed CSA CAIQ vendor risk assessments, as well as other leading-industry standards.

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