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Essential Cloud Governance Checklist - 10 Key Items to Include

Essential Cloud Governance Checklist - 10 Key Items to Include

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·Apr 6, 2023·

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  1. Define cloud governance policies and procedures: Establish clear policies and procedures for cloud resource management, including resource allocation, access controls, and compliance requirements.

  2. Establish clear roles and responsibilities for cloud governance: Make sure that roles and responsibilities for cloud governance are clearly defined in a consistent and frameworked documentation (ideally a company has its knowledge base set up already), and communicated to all stakeholders.

  3. Ensure compliance with applicable regulations and standards: Stay current with relevant regulations and standards, and cross-reference that your cloud resources are compliant with all necessary requirements.

  4. Implement access controls to limit access to cloud resources: Implement access controls to ensure that only authorized personnel can access cloud resources, and limit access based on user roles and responsibilities.

  5. Monitor cloud usage and enforce cost optimization measures: Monitor cloud usage and costs, and implement measures to optimize cloud spending based on actual usage and needs.

  6. Establish a backup and disaster recovery (DR) plan for cloud resources: Develop and maintain a backup and disaster recovery plan for cloud resources, and test these plans on a regular schedule to test that they work as planned. Make sure these tests are budgeted in the year.

  7. Monitor cloud resource utilization and implement optimization strategies: Monitor cloud resource utilization and performance, and implement optimization strategies as needed to improve efficiency and reduce costs.

  8. Perform regular security assessments and audits: Conduct regular security assessments and audits of your cloud resources to identify potential vulnerabilities and address security risks.

  9. Develop incident response and escalation plans for cloud-related incidents: Develop and maintain incident process flows and escalation plans for cloud-related incidents, and train helpdesk and related personnel on these plans. Document, document, document!

  10. Ensure SLAs of Cloud providers are being tracked and met: Ensure that cloud service providers are meeting contracted and paid-for service level agreements (SLAs) and providing the necessary level of support to meet your organization's needs. Have it clearly documented where company support ends and cloud provider support starts/ends.

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