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AWS achieves Spain’s ENS High 311/2022 certification across 172 services

Post Syndicated from Daniel Fuertes original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/security/aws-achieves-spains-ens-high-311-2022-certification-across-172-services/

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has recently renewed the Esquema Nacional de Seguridad (ENS) High certification, upgrading to the latest version regulated under Royal Decree 311/2022. The ENS establishes security standards that apply to government agencies and public organizations in Spain and service providers on which Spanish public services depend.

This security framework has gone through significant updates since the Royal Decree 3/2010 to the latest Royal Decree 311/2022 to adapt to evolving cybersecurity threats and technologies. The current scheme defines basic requirements and lists additional security reinforcements to meet the bar of the different security levels (Low, Medium, High).

Achieving the ENS High certification for its 311/2022 version underscores AWS commitment to maintaining robust cybersecurity controls and highlights our proactive approach to cybersecurity.

We are happy to announce the addition of 14 services to the scope of our ENS certification, for a new total of 172 services in scope. The certification now covers 31 Regions. Some of the additional services in scope for ENS High include the following:

  • Amazon Bedrock – This fully managed service offers a choice of high-performing foundation models (FMs) from leading artificial intelligence (AI) companies like AI21 Labs, Anthropic, Cohere, Meta, Mistral AI, Stability AI, and Amazon through a single API, along with a broad set of capabilities you need to build generative AI applications with security, privacy, and responsible AI.
  • Amazon EventBridge – Use this service to easily build loosely coupled, event-driven architectures. It creates point-to-point integrations between event producers and consumers without needing to write custom code or manage and provision servers.
  • AWS HealthOmics – This service helps healthcare and life science organizations and their software partners store, query, and analyze genomic, transcriptomic, and other omics data and then uses that data to generate insights to improve health.
  • AWS Signer – This is a fully managed code-signing service to ensure the trust and integrity of your code. AWS Signer manages the code-signing certificate’s public and private keys and enables central management of the code-signing lifecycle.
  • AWS Wickr – This service encrypts messages, calls, and files with a 256-bit end-to-end encryption protocol. Only the intended recipients and the customer organization can decrypt these communications, reducing the risk of adversary-in-the-middle attacks.

AWS achievement of the ENS High certification is verified by BDO Auditores S.L.P., which conducted an independent audit and confirmed that AWS continues to adhere to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability standards at its highest level as described in Royal Decree 311/2022.

AWS has also updated the existing eight Security configuration guidelines that map the ENS controls to the AWS Well-Architected Framework and provides guidance relating to the following topics: compliance profile, secure configuration, Prowler quick guide, hybrid connectivity, multi-account environments, Amazon WorkSpaces, incident response and monitorization and governance. AWS has also supported Prowler to offer new functionalities and to include the latest controls of the ENS.

For more information about ENS High and the AWS Security configuration guidelines, see the AWS Compliance page Esquema Nacional de Seguridad High. To view the complete list of services included in the scope, see the AWS Services in Scope by Compliance Program – Esquema Nacional de Seguridad (ENS) page. You can download the ENS High Certificate from AWS Artifact in the AWS Management Console or from Esquema Nacional de Seguridad High.

As always, we are committed to bringing new services into the scope of our ENS High program based on your architectural and regulatory needs. If you have questions about the ENS program, reach out to your AWS account team or contact AWS Compliance.

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Daniel Fuertes

Daniel Fuertes

Daniel is a security audit program manager at AWS based in Madrid, Spain. Daniel leads multiple security audits, attestations, and certification programs in Spain and other EMEA countries. Daniel has ten years of experience in security assurance and compliance, including previous experience as an auditor for the PCI DSS security framework. He also holds the CISSP, PCIP, and ISO 27001 Lead Auditor certifications.

Borja Larrumbide

Borja Larrumbide

Borja is a Security Assurance Manager for AWS in Spain and Portugal. He received a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Boston University (USA). Since then, he has worked at companies such as Microsoft and BBVA. Borja is a seasoned security assurance practitioner with many years of experience engaging key stakeholders at national and international levels. His areas of interest include security, privacy, risk management, and compliance.

AWS completes the 2023 South Korea CSP Safety Assessment Program

Post Syndicated from Andy Hsia original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/security/aws-completes-the-2023-south-korea-csp-safety-assessment-program/

We’re excited to announce that Amazon Web Services (AWS) has completed the 2023 South Korea Cloud Service Providers (CSP) Safety Assessment Program, also known as the Regulation on Supervision on Electronic Financial Transactions (RSEFT) Audit Program. The financial sector in South Korea is required to abide by a variety of cybersecurity standards and regulations. Key regulatory requirements include RSEFT and the Guidelines on the Use of Cloud Computing Services in the Financial Industry (FSIGUC). Prior to 2019, the RSEFT guidance didn’t permit the use of cloud computing. The guidance was amended on January 1, 2019, to allow financial institutions to use the public cloud to store and process data, subject to compliance with security measures applicable to financial companies.

AWS is committed to helping our customers adhere to applicable regulations and guidelines, and we help ensure that our financial customers have a hassle-free experience using the cloud. Since 2019, our RSEFT compliance program has aimed to provide a scalable approach to support South Korean financial services customers’ adherence to RSEFT and FSIGUC. Financial services customers can annually either perform an individual audit by using publicly available AWS resources and visiting on-site, or request the South Korea Financial Security Institute (FSI) to conduct the primary audit on their behalf and use the FSI-produced audit reports. In 2023, we worked again with FSI and completed the annual RSEFT primary audit with the participation of 59 customers.

The audit scope of the 2023 assessment covered data center facilities in four Availability Zones (AZ) of the AWS Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region and the services that are available in that Region. The audit program assessed different security domains including security policies, personnel security, risk management, business continuity, incident management, access control, encryption, and physical security.

Completion of this audit program helps our customers use the results and audit report for their annual submission to the South Korea Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) for their adoption and continued use of our cloud services and infrastructure. To learn more about the RSEFT program, see the AWS South Korea Compliance Page. If you have questions, contact your AWS account manager.

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Andy Hsia

Andy Hsia

Andy is the Customer Audit Lead for APJ, based in Singapore. He is responsible for all customer audits in the Asia Pacific region. Andy has been with Security Assurance since 2020 and has delivered key audit programs in Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, South Korea, and Taiwan.

AWS renews K-ISMS certificate for the AWS Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region

Post Syndicated from Joseph Goh original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/security/aws-renews-k-isms-certificate-for-the-asia-pacific/

We’re excited to announce that Amazon Web Services (AWS) has successfully renewed certification under the Korea Information Security Management System (K-ISMS) standard (effective from December 16, 2023, to December 15, 2026).

The certification assessment covered the operation of infrastructure (including compute, storage, networking, databases, and security) in the AWS Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region. AWS was the first global cloud service provider (CSP) to obtain the K-ISMS certification back in 2017 and has held that certification longer than any other global CSP. In this year’s audit, 144 services running in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region were included.

Sponsored by the Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA) and affiliated with the Korean Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT), K-ISMS serves as a standard for evaluating whether enterprises and organizations operate and manage their information security management systems consistently and securely, such that they thoroughly protect their information assets.

This certification helps enterprises and organizations across South Korea, regardless of industry, meet KISA compliance requirements more efficiently. Achieving this certification demonstrates the AWS commitment on cloud security adoption, adhering to compliance requirements set by the South Korean government and delivering secure AWS services to customers.

The Operational Best Practices (conformance pack) page provides customers with a compliance framework that they can use for their K-ISMS compliance needs. Enterprises and organizations can use the toolkit and AWS certification to reduce the effort and cost of getting their own K-ISMS certification.

Customers can download the AWS K-ISMS certification from AWS Artifact. To learn more about the AWS K-ISMS certification, see the AWS K-ISMS page. If you have questions, contact your AWS account manager.

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Joseph Goh

Joseph Goh

Joseph is the APJ ASEAN Lead at AWS based in Singapore. He leads security audits, certifications, and compliance programs across the Asia Pacific region. Joseph is passionate about delivering programs that build trust with customers and provide them assurance on cloud security.

Hwee Hwang

Hwee Hwang

Hwee is an Audit Specialist at AWS based in Seoul, South Korea. Hwee is responsible for third-party and customer audits, certifications, and assessments in Korea. Hwee previously worked in security governance, risk, and compliance consulting in the Big Four. Hwee is laser focused on building customers’ trust and providing them assurance in the cloud.

Prepare your AWS workloads for the “Operational risks and resilience – banks” FINMA Circular

Post Syndicated from Margo Cronin original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/security/prepare-your-aws-workloads-for-the-operational-risks-and-resilience-banks-finma-circular/

In December 2022, FINMA, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority, announced a fully revised circular called Operational risks and resilience – banks that will take effect on January 1, 2024. The circular will replace the Swiss Bankers Association’s Recommendations for Business Continuity Management (BCM), which is currently recognized as a minimum standard. The new circular also adopts the revised principles for managing operational risks, and the new principles on operational resilience, that the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision published in March 2021.

In this blog post, we share key considerations for AWS customers and regulated financial institutions to help them prepare for, and align to, the new circular.

AWS previously announced the publication of the AWS User Guide to Financial Services Regulations and Guidelines in Switzerland. The guide refers to certain rules applicable to financial institutions in Switzerland, including banks, insurance companies, stock exchanges, securities dealers, portfolio managers, trustees, and other financial entities that FINMA oversees (directly or indirectly).

FINMA has previously issued the following circulars to help regulated financial institutions understand approaches to due diligence, third party management, and key technical and organizational controls to be implemented in cloud outsourcing arrangements, particularly for material workloads:

  • 2018/03 FINMA Circular Outsourcing – banks and insurers (31.10.2019)
  • 2008/21 FINMA Circular Operational Risks – Banks (31.10.2019) – Principal 4 Technology Infrastructure
  • 2008/21 FINMA Circular Operational Risks – Banks (31.10.2019) – Appendix 3 Handling of electronic Client Identifying Data
  • 2013/03 Auditing (04.11.2020) – Information Technology (21.04.2020)
  • BCM minimum standards proposed by the Swiss Insurance Association (01.06.2015) and Swiss Bankers Association (29.08.2013)

Operational risk management: Critical data

The circular defines critical data as follows:

“Critical data are data that, in view of the institution’s size, complexity, structure, risk profile and business model, are of such crucial significance that they require increased security measures. These are data that are crucial for the successful and sustainable provision of the institution’s services or for regulatory purposes. When assessing and determining the criticality of data, the confidentiality as well as the integrity and availability must be taken into account. Each of these three aspects can determine whether data is classified as critical.”

This definition is consistent with the AWS approach to privacy and security. We believe that for AWS to realize its full potential, customers must have control over their data. This includes the following commitments:

  • Control over the location of your data
  • Verifiable control over data access
  • Ability to encrypt everything everywhere
  • Resilience of AWS

These commitments further demonstrate our dedication to securing your data: it’s our highest priority. We implement rigorous contractual, technical, and organizational measures to help protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of your content regardless of which AWS Region you select. You have complete control over your content through powerful AWS services and tools that you can use to determine where to store your data, how to secure it, and who can access it.

You also have control over the location of your content on AWS. For example, in Europe, at the time of publication of this blog post, customers can deploy their data into any of eight Regions (for an up-to-date list of Regions, see AWS Global Infrastructure). One of these Regions is the Europe (Zurich) Region, also known by its API name ‘eu-central-2’, which customers can use to store data in Switzerland. Additionally, Swiss customers can rely on the terms of the AWS Swiss Addendum to the AWS Data Processing Addendum (DPA), which applies automatically when Swiss customers use AWS services to process personal data under the new Federal Act on Data Protection (nFADP).

AWS continually monitors the evolving privacy, regulatory, and legislative landscape to help identify changes and determine what tools our customers might need to meet their compliance requirements. Maintaining customer trust is an ongoing commitment. We strive to inform you of the privacy and security policies, practices, and technologies that we’ve put in place. Our commitments, as described in the Data Privacy FAQ, include the following:

  • Access – As a customer, you maintain full control of your content that you upload to the AWS services under your AWS account, and responsibility for configuring access to AWS services and resources. We provide an advanced set of access, encryption, and logging features to help you do this effectively (for example, AWS Identity and Access ManagementAWS Organizations, and AWS CloudTrail). We provide APIs that you can use to configure access control permissions for the services that you develop or deploy in an AWS environment. We never use your content or derive information from it for marketing or advertising purposes.
  • Storage – You choose the AWS Regions in which your content is stored. You can replicate and back up your content in more than one Region. We will not move or replicate your content outside of your chosen AWS Regions except as agreed with you.
  • Security – You choose how your content is secured. We offer you industry-leading encryption features to protect your content in transit and at rest, and we provide you with the option to manage your own encryption keys. These data protection features include:
  • Disclosure of customer content – We will not disclose customer content unless we’re required to do so to comply with the law or a binding order of a government body. If a governmental body sends AWS a demand for your customer content, we will attempt to redirect the governmental body to request that data directly from you. If compelled to disclose your customer content to a governmental body, we will give you reasonable notice of the demand to allow the customer to seek a protective order or other appropriate remedy, unless AWS is legally prohibited from doing so.
  • Security assurance – We have developed a security assurance program that uses current recommendations for global privacy and data protection to help you operate securely on AWS, and to make the best use of our security control environment. These security protections and control processes are independently validated by multiple third-party independent assessments, including the FINMA International Standard on Assurance Engagements (ISAE) 3000 Type II attestation report.

Additionally, FINMA guidelines lay out requirements for the written agreement between a Swiss financial institution and its service provider, including access and audit rights. For Swiss financial institutions that run regulated workloads on AWS, we offer the Swiss Financial Services Addendum to address the contractual and audit requirements of the FINMA guidelines. We also provide these institutions the ability to comply with the audit requirements in the FINMA guidelines through the AWS Security & Audit Series, including participation in an Audit Symposium, to facilitate customer audits. To help align with regulatory requirements and expectations, our FINMA addendum and audit program incorporate feedback that we’ve received from a variety of financial supervisory authorities across EU member states. To learn more about the Swiss Financial Services addendum or about the audit engagements offered by AWS, reach out to your AWS account team.

Resilience

Customers need control over their workloads and high availability to help prepare for events such as supply chain disruptions, network interruptions, and natural disasters. Each AWS Region is composed of multiple Availability Zones (AZs). An Availability Zone is one or more discrete data centers with redundant power, networking, and connectivity in an AWS Region. To better isolate issues and achieve high availability, you can partition applications across multiple AZs in the same Region. If you are running workloads on premises or in intermittently connected or remote use cases, you can use our services that provide specific capabilities for offline data and remote compute and storage. We will continue to enhance our range of sovereign and resilient options, to help you sustain operations through disruption or disconnection.

FINMA incorporates the principles of operational resilience in the newest circular 2023/01. In line with the efforts of the European Commission’s proposal for the Digital Operational Resilience Act (DORA), FINMA outlines requirements for regulated institutions to identify critical functions and their tolerance for disruption. Continuity of service, especially for critical economic functions, is a key prerequisite for financial stability. AWS recognizes that financial institutions need to comply with sector-specific regulatory obligations and requirements regarding operational resilience. AWS has published the whitepaper Amazon Web Services’ Approach to Operational Resilience in the Financial Sector and Beyond, in which we discuss how AWS and customers build for resiliency on the AWS Cloud. AWS provides resilient infrastructure and services, which financial institution customers can rely on as they design their applications to align with FINMA regulatory and compliance obligations.

AWS previously announced the third issuance of the FINMA ISAE 3000 Type II attestation report. Customers can access the entire report in AWS Artifact. To learn more about the list of certified services and Regions, see the FINMA ISAE 3000 Type 2 Report and AWS Services in Scope for FINMA.

AWS is committed to adding new services into our future FINMA program scope based on your architectural and regulatory needs. If you have questions about the FINMA report, or how your workloads on AWS align to the FINMA obligations, contact your AWS account team. We will also help support customers as they look for new ways to experiment, remain competitive, meet consumer expectations, and develop new products and services on AWS that align with the new regulatory framework.

To learn more about our compliance, security programs and common privacy and data protection considerations, see AWS Compliance Programs and the dedicated AWS Compliance Center for Switzerland. As always, we value your feedback and questions; reach out to the AWS Compliance team through the Contact Us page.

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Margo Cronin

Margo Cronin

Margo is an EMEA Principal Solutions Architect specializing in security and compliance. She is based out of Zurich, Switzerland. Her interests include security, privacy, cryptography, and compliance. She is passionate about her work unblocking security challenges for AWS customers, enabling their successful cloud journeys. She is an author of AWS User Guide to Financial Services Regulations and Guidelines in Switzerland.

Raphael Fuchs

Raphael Fuchs

Raphael is a Senior Security Solutions Architect based in Zürich, Switzerland, who helps AWS Financial Services customers meet their security and compliance objectives in the AWS Cloud. Raphael has a background as Chief Information Security Officer in the Swiss FSI sector and is an author of AWS User Guide to Financial Services Regulations and Guidelines in Switzerland.

Cloudflare Area 1 earns SOC 2 report

Post Syndicated from Samuel Vieira original http://blog.cloudflare.com/area-1-earns-soc-2-report/

Cloudflare Area 1 earns SOC 2 report

Cloudflare Area 1 earns SOC 2 report

Cloudflare Area 1 is a cloud-native email security service that identifies and blocks attacks before they hit user inboxes, enabling more effective protection against spear phishing, Business Email Compromise (BEC), and other advanced threats. Cloudflare Area 1 is part of the Cloudflare Zero Trust platform and an essential component of a modern security and compliance strategy, helping organizations to reduce their attackers surface, detect and respond to threats faster, and improve compliance with industry regulations and security standards.

This announcement is another step in our commitment to remaining strong in our security posture.

Our SOC 2 Journey

Many customers want assurance that the sensitive information they send to us can be kept safe. One of the best ways to provide this assurance is a SOC 2 Type II report. We decided to obtain the report as it is the best way for us to demonstrate the controls we have in place to keep Cloudflare Area 1 and its infrastructure secure and available.  

Cloudflare Area 1’s SOC 2 Type II report covers a 3 month period from 1 January 2023 to 31 March 2023. Our auditors assessed the operating effectiveness of the 70 controls we’ve implemented to meet the Trust Services Criteria for Security, Confidentiality, and Availability.

We anticipate that the next ask from our customers will be for a SOC 2 Type II report that covers a longer reporting period, so we’ve decided to expand our scope for the Cloudflare Global Cloud Platform SOC 2 Type II report to be inclusive of Cloudflare Area 1 later on this year.

We are thrilled to reach this milestone and will continue to stay committed to be one of the most trusted platforms.

For a copy of Cloudflare Area 1’s SOC 2 Type II report, existing customers can obtain one through the Cloudflare Dashboard; new customers may also request a copy from your sales representative. For the latest information about our certifications and reports, please visit our Trust Hub.

Helping protect personal information in the cloud, all across the world

Post Syndicated from Rory Malone original https://blog.cloudflare.com/cloudflare-official-gdpr-code-of-conduct/

Helping protect personal information in the cloud, all across the world

Helping protect personal information in the cloud, all across the world

Cloudflare has achieved a new EU Cloud Code of Conduct privacy validation, demonstrating GDPR compliance to strengthen trust in cloud services

Internet privacy laws around the globe differ, and in recent years there’s been much written about cross-border data transfers. Many regulations require adequate protections to be in place before personal information flows around the world, as with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The law rightly sets a high bar for how organizations must carefully handle personal information, and in drafting the regulation lawmakers anticipated personal data crossing-borders: Chapter V of the regulation covers those transfers specifically.

Whilst transparency on where personal information is stored is important, it’s also critically important how personal information is handled, and how it is kept safe and secure. At Cloudflare, we believe in protecting the privacy of personal information across the world, and we give our customers the tools and the choice on how and where to process their data. Put simply, we require that data is handled and protected in the same, secure, and careful way, whether our customers choose to transfer data across the world, or for it to remain in one country.

And today we are proud to announce that we have successfully completed our assessment journey and received the EU Cloud Code of Conduct compliance mark as a demonstration of our compliance with the GDPR, protecting personal data in the cloud, all across the world.

It matters how personal information is handled – not just where in the world it is saved

The same GDPR lawmakers also anticipated that organizations would want to handle and protect personal information in a consistent, transparent, and safe way too. Article 40, called ‘Codes of Conduct’ starts:

“The Member States, the supervisory authorities, the Board and the Commission shall encourage the drawing up of codes of conduct intended to contribute to the proper application of this Regulation, taking account of the specific features of the various processing sectors and the specific needs of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.”

Using codes of conduct to demonstrate compliance with privacy law has a longer history, too. Like the GDPR, the pioneering 1995 EU Data Protection Directive, officially Directive 95/46/EC, also included provision for draft community codes to be submitted to national authorities, and for those codes to be formally approved by an official body of the European Union.

An official GDPR Code of Conduct

It took a full five years after the GDPR was adopted in 2016 for the first code of conduct to be officially approved. Finally in May 2021, the European Data Protection Board, a group composed of representatives of all the national data protection authorities across the union, approved the “EU Data Protection Code of Conduct for Cloud Service Providers” – the EU Cloud Code of Conduct (or ‘EU Cloud CoC’ for short) as the first official GDPR code of conduct. The EU Cloud CoC was brought to the board by the Belgian supervisory authority on behalf of SCOPE Europe, the organization who collaborated to develop the code over a number of years, including with input from the European Commission, members of the cloud computing community, and European data protection authorities.

The code is a framework for buyers and providers of cloud services. Buyers can understand in a straightforward way how a provider of cloud services will handle personal information. Providers of cloud services undergo an independent assessment to demonstrate to the buyers of their cloud services that they will handle personal information in a safe and codified way. In the case of the EU Cloud CoC and only because the code has received formal approval, buyers of cloud services compliant with code will know that the cloud provider handled customer personal information in a way that is compliant with the GDPR.

What the code covers

The code defines clear requirements for providers of cloud services to implement Article 28 of the GDPR (“Processor”) and related articles. The framework covers data protection policies, as well as technical and organizational security measures. There are sections covering providers’ terms and conditions, confidentiality and recordkeeping, the audit rights of the customer, how to handle potential data breaches, and how the provider approaches subprocessing – when a third-party is subcontracted to process personal data alongside the main data processor – and more.

The framework also covers how personal data may be legitimately transferred internationally, although whilst the EU Cloud CoC covers ensuring this is done in a legally-compliant way, the code itself is not a ‘safeguard’ or a tool for third country transfers. A future update to the code may expand into that with an additional module, but as of March 2023 that is still under development.

Let us do a deeper dive into some of the requirements of the EU Cloud CoC and how it can demonstrate compliance with the GDPR

Example one
One requirement in the code is to have documented procedures in place to assist customers with their ‘data protection impact assessments’. According to the GDPR, these are:

“…an assessment of the impact of the envisaged processing operations
on the protection of personal data.” – Article 35.1, GDPR

So a cloud service provider should have a written process in place to support customers as they undertake their own assessments. In supporting the customer, the service provider is demonstrating their commitment to the rigorous data protection standards of the GDPR too. Cloudflare meets this requirement, and further supports transparency by publishing details of sub-processors used in the processing of personal data, and directing customers to audit reports available in the Cloudflare dashboard.

There’s also another reference in the GDPR to codes of conduct in the context of data protection impact assessments too:

Compliance with approved codes of conduct… shall be taken into due account in assessing the impact of the processing operations performed… in particular for the purposes of a data protection impact assessment.” – Article 35.8, GDPR

So when preparing an impact assessment, a cloud customer shall take into account that a service provider complies with an approved code of conduct. Another way that both customers and cloud providers benefit from using codes of conduct!

Example two
Another example of a requirement of the code is that when cloud service providers provide encryption capabilities, they shall be implemented effectively. The requirement clarifies further that this should be undertaken by following strong and trusted encryption techniques, by taking into account the state-of-the-art, and by adequately preventing abusive access to customer personal data. Encryption is critical to protecting personal data in the cloud; without encryption, or with weakened or outdated encryption, privacy and security are not possible. So in using and reviewing encryption appropriately, cloud services providers help meet the requirements of the GDPR in protecting their customers’ personal data.

At Cloudflare, we are particularly proud of our track record: we make effective encryption available, for free, to all our customers. We help our customers understand encryption, and most importantly, we use strong and trusted encryption algorithms and techniques ourselves to protect customer personal data. We have a formal Research Team, including academic researchers and cryptographers who design and deploy state-of-the-art encryption protocols designed to provide effective protection against active and passive attacks, including with resources known to be available to public authorities; and we use trustworthy public-key certification authorities and infrastructure. Most recently this month, we announced that post-quantum crypto should be free, and so we are including it for free, forever.

More information
The code contains requirements described in 87 statements, called controls. You can find more about the EU Cloud CoC, download a full copy of the code, and keep up to date with news at https://eucoc.cloud/en/home

Why this matters to Cloudflare customers

Cloudflare joined the EU Cloud Code of Conduct’s General Assembly last May. Members of the General Assembly undertake an assessment journey which includes declaring named cloud services compliant with the EU Cloud Code, and after completing an independent assessment process by SCOPE Europe, the accredited monitoring body, receive the EU Cloud Code of Conduct compliance mark.

Cloudflare has completed the assessment process and been verified for 47 cloud services.

Cloudflare services that are in scope for EU Cloud Code of Conduct:

Helping protect personal information in the cloud, all across the world
EU Cloud CoC Verification-ID: 2023LVL02SCOPE4316.

Services are verified compliant with the EU Cloud Code of Conduct,
Verification-ID: 2023LVL02SCOPE4316.
For further information please visit https://eucoc.cloud/en/public-register

And we’re not done yet…

The EU Cloud Code of Conduct is the newest privacy validation to add to our growing list of privacy certifications. Two years ago, Cloudflare was one of the first organisations in our industry to have received the new ISO privacy certification, ISO/IEC 27701:2019, and the first Internet performance & security company to be certified to it. Last year, Cloudflare certified to a second international privacy standard related to the processing of personal data, ISO/IEC 27018:2019. Most recently, in January this year Cloudflare completed our annual ISO audit with third-party auditor Schellman; and our new certificate, covering ISO 27001:2013, ISO 27018:2019, and ISO 27701:2019 is now available for customers to download from the Cloudflare dashboard.

And there’s more to come! As we blogged about in January for Data Privacy Day, we’re following the progress of the emerging Global Cross Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) certification with interest. This proposed single global certification could suffice for participating companies to safely transfer personal data between participating countries worldwide, and having already been supported by several governments from North America and Asia, looks very promising in this regard.

Cloudflare certifications

Find out how existing customers may download a copy of Cloudflare’s certifications and reports from the Cloudflare dashboard; new customers may also request these from your sales representative.

For the latest information about our certifications and reports, please visit our Trust Hub.

One-click ISO 27001 certified deployment of Regional Services in the EU

Post Syndicated from Achiel van der Mandele original https://blog.cloudflare.com/one-click-iso-27001-deployment/

One-click ISO 27001 certified deployment of Regional Services in the EU

One-click ISO 27001 certified deployment of Regional Services in the EU

Today, we’re very happy to announce the general availability of a new region for Regional Services that allows you to limit your traffic to only ISO 27001 certified data centers inside the EU. This helps customers that have very strict requirements surrounding which data centers are allowed to decrypt and service traffic. Enabling this feature is a one-click operation right on the Cloudflare dashboard.

Regional Services – a recap

In 2020, we saw an increase in prospects asking about data localization. Specifically, increased regulatory pressure limited them from using vendors that operated at global scale. We launched Regional Services, a new way for customers to use the Cloudflare network. With Regional Services, we put customers back in control over which data centers are used to service traffic. Regional Services operates by limiting exactly which data centers are used to decrypt and service HTTPS traffic. For example, a customer may want to use only data centers inside the European Union to service traffic. Regional Services operates by leveraging our global network for DDoS protection but only decrypting traffic and applying Layer 7 products inside data centers that are located inside the European Union.

We later followed up with the Data Localization Suite and additional regions: India, Singapore and Japan.

With Regional Services, customers get the best of both worlds: we empower them to use our global network for volumetric DDoS protection whilst limiting where traffic is serviced. We do that by accepting the raw TCP connection at the closest data center but forwarding it on to a data center in-region for decryption. That means that only machines of the customer’s choosing actually see the raw HTTP request, which could contain sensitive data such as a customer’s bank account or medical information.

A new region and a new UI

Traditionally we’ve seen requests for data localization largely center around countries or geographic areas. Many types of regulations require companies to make promises about working only with vendors that are capable of restricting where their traffic is serviced geographically. Organizations can have many reasons for being limited in their choices, but they generally fall into two buckets: compliance and contractual commitments.

More recently, we are seeing that more and more companies are asking about security requirements. An often asked question about security in IT is: how do you ensure that something is safe? For instance, for a data center you might be wondering how physical access is managed. Or how often security policies are reviewed and updated. This is where certifications come in. A common certification in IT is the ISO 27001 certification:

Per the ISO.org:

“ISO/IEC 27001 is the world’s best-known standard for information security management systems (ISMS) and their requirements. Additional best practice in data protection and cyber resilience are covered by more than a dozen standards in the ISO/IEC 27000 family. Together, they enable organizations of all sectors and sizes to manage the security of assets such as financial information, intellectual property, employee data and information entrusted by third parties.”

In short, ISO 27001 is a certification that a data center can achieve that ensures that they maintain a set of security standards to keep the data center secure. With the new Regional Services region, HTTPS traffic will only be decrypted in data centers that hold the ISO 27001 certification. Products such as WAF, Bot Management and Workers will only be applied in those relevant data centers.

The other update we’re excited to announce is a brand new User Interface for configuring the Data Localization Suite. The previous UI was limited in that customers had to preconfigure a region for an entire zone: you couldn’t mix and match regions. The new UI allows you to do just that: each individual hostname can be configured for a different region, directly on the DNS tab:

One-click ISO 27001 certified deployment of Regional Services in the EU

Configuring a region for a particular hostname is now just a single click away. Changes take effect within seconds, making this the easiest way to configure data localization yet. For customers using the Metadata Boundary, we’ve also launched a self-serve UI that allows you to configure where logs flow:

One-click ISO 27001 certified deployment of Regional Services in the EU

We’re excited about these new updates that give customers more flexibility in choosing which of Cloudflare’s data centers to use as well as making it easier than ever to configure them. The new region and existing regions are now a one-click configuration option right from the dashboard. As always, we love getting feedback, especially on what new regions you’d like to see us add in the future. In the meantime, if you’re interested in using the Data Localization Suite, please reach out to your account team.

2022 FINMA ISAE 3000 Type II attestation report now available with 154 services in scope

Post Syndicated from Daniel Fuertes original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/security/2022-finma-isae-3000-type-ii-attestation-report-now-available-with-154-services-in-scope/

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is pleased to announce the third issuance of the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) International Standard on Assurance Engagements (ISAE) 3000 Type II attestation report. The scope of the report covers a total of 154 services and 24 global AWS Regions.

The latest FINMA ISAE 3000 Type II report covers the period from October 1, 2021, to September 30, 2022. AWS continues to assure Swiss financial industry customers that our control environment is capable of effectively addressing key operational, outsourcing, and business continuity management risks.

FINMA circulars

The report covers the five core FINMA circulars regarding outsourcing arrangements to the cloud. FINMA circulars help Swiss-regulated financial institutions to understand the approaches FINMA takes when implementing due diligence, third-party management, and key technical and organizational controls for cloud outsourcing arrangements, particularly for material workloads.

The scope of the report covers the following requirements of the FINMA circulars:

  • 2018/03 Outsourcing – Banks, insurance companies and selected financial institutions under FinIA
  • 2008/21 Operational Risks – Banks – Principle 4 Technology Infrastructure (31.10.2019)
  • 2008/21 Operational Risks – Banks – Appendix 3 Handling of Electronic Client Identifying Data (31.10.2019)
  • 2013/03 Auditing – Information Technology (04.11.2020)
  • 2008/10 Self-regulation as a minimum standard – Minimum Business Continuity Management (BCM) minimum standards proposed by the Swiss Insurance Association (01.06.2015) and Swiss Bankers Association (29.08.2013)

It is our pleasure to announce the addition of 16 services and two Regions to the FINMA ISAE 3000 Type II attestation scope. The following are a few examples of the additional security services in scope:

  • AWS CloudShell – A browser-based shell that makes it simple to manage, explore, and interact with your AWS resources. With CloudShell, you can quickly run scripts with the AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI), experiment with AWS service APIs by using the AWS SDKs, or use a range of other tools to be productive.
  • Amazon HealthLake – A HIPAA-eligible service that offers healthcare and life sciences companies a chronological view of individual or patient population health data for query and analytics at scale.
  • AWS IoT SiteWise – A managed service that simplifies collecting, organizing, and analyzing industrial equipment data.
  • Amazon DevOps Guru – A service that uses machine learning to detect abnormal operating patterns to help you identify operational issues before they impact your customers.

Customers can continue to reference the FINMA workbooks, which include detailed control mappings for each FINMA circular covered under this audit report, through AWS Artifact. Customers can also find the entire FINMA report on AWS Artifact. To learn more about the list of certified services and Regions, see AWS Compliance Programs and AWS Services in Scope for FINMA.

As always, AWS is committed to adding new services into our future FINMA program scope based on your architectural and regulatory needs. If you have questions about the FINMA report, contact your AWS account team.

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Daniel is a Security Audit Program Manager at AWS based in Madrid, Spain. Daniel leads multiple security audits, attestations, and certification programs in Spain and other EMEA countries. Daniel has 8 years of experience in security assurance and previously worked as an auditor for PCI DSS security framework.

AWS achieves Spain’s ENS High certification across 166 services

Post Syndicated from Daniel Fuertes original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/security/aws-achieves-spains-ens-high-certification-across-166-services/

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is committed to bringing additional services and AWS Regions into the scope of our Esquema Nacional de Seguridad (ENS) High certification to help customers meet their regulatory needs.

ENS is Spain’s National Security Framework. The ENS certification is regulated under the Spanish Royal Decree 3/2010 and is a compulsory requirement for central government customers in Spain. ENS establishes security standards that apply to government agencies and public organizations in Spain, and service providers on which Spanish public services depend. Updating and achieving this certification every year demonstrates our ongoing commitment to meeting the heightened expectations for cloud service providers set forth by the Spanish government.

We are happy to announce the addition of 17 services to the scope of our ENS High certification, for a new total of 166 services in scope. The certification now covers 25 Regions. Some of the additional security services in scope for ENS High include the following:

  • AWS CloudShell – a browser-based shell that makes it simpler to securely manage, explore, and interact with your AWS resources. With CloudShell, you can quickly run scripts with the AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI), experiment with AWS service APIs by using the AWS SDKs, or use a range of other tools for productivity.
  • AWS Cloud9 – a cloud-based integrated development environment (IDE) that you can use to write, run, and debug your code with just a browser. It includes a code editor, debugger, and terminal.
  • Amazon DevOps Guru – a service that uses machine learning to detect abnormal operating patterns so that you can identify operational issues before they impact your customers.
  • Amazon HealthLake – a HIPAA-eligible service that offers healthcare and life sciences companies a complete view of individual or patient population health data for query and analytics at scale.
  • AWS IoT SiteWise – a managed service that simplifies collecting, organizing, and analyzing industrial equipment data.

AWS achievement of the ENS High certification is verified by BDO Auditores S.L.P., which conducted an independent audit and confirmed that AWS continues to adhere to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability standards at its highest level.

For more information about ENS High, see the AWS Compliance page Esquema Nacional de Seguridad High. To view the complete list of services included in the scope, see the AWS Services in Scope by Compliance Program – Esquema Nacional de Seguridad (ENS) page. You can download the ENS High Certificate from AWS Artifact in the AWS Management Console or from the Compliance page Esquema Nacional de Seguridad High.

As always, we are committed to bringing new services into the scope of our ENS High program based on your architectural and regulatory needs. If you have questions about the ENS program, reach out to your AWS account team or contact AWS Compliance.

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Daniel is a Security Audit Program Manager at AWS based in Madrid, Spain. Daniel leads multiple security audits, attestations and certification programs in Spain and other EMEA countries. Daniel has 8 years of experience in security assurance and previously worked as an auditor for PCI DSS security framework.

Cloudflare achieves key cloud computing certifications — and there’s more to come

Post Syndicated from Rory Malone original https://blog.cloudflare.com/iso-27018-second-privacy-certification-and-c5/

Cloudflare achieves key cloud computing certifications — and there’s more to come

Cloudflare achieves key cloud computing certifications — and there’s more to come

Back in the early days of the Internet, you could physically see the hardware where your data was stored. You knew where your data was and what kind of locks and security protections you had in place. Fast-forward a few decades, and data is all “in the cloud”. Now, you have to trust that your cloud services provider is putting security precautions in place just as you would have if your data was still sitting on your hardware. The good news is, you don’t have to merely trust your provider anymore. There are a number of ways a cloud services provider can prove it has robust privacy and security protections in place.

Today, we are excited to announce that Cloudflare has taken three major steps forward in proving the security and privacy protections we provide to customers of our cloud services: we achieved a key cloud services certification, ISO/IEC 27018:2019; we completed our independent audit and received our Cloud Computing Compliance Criteria Catalog (“C5”) attestation; and we have joined the EU Cloud Code of Conduct General Assembly to help increase the impact of the trusted cloud ecosystem and encourage more organizations to adopt GDPR-compliant cloud services.

Cloudflare has been committed to data privacy and security since our founding, and it is important to us that we can demonstrate these commitments. Certification provides assurance to our customers that a third party has independently verified that Cloudflare meets the requirements set out in the standard.

ISO/IEC 27018:2019 – Cloud Services Certification

2022 has been a big year for people who like the number ‘two’. February marked the second when the 22nd Feb 2022 20:22:02 passed: the second second of the twenty-second minute of the twentieth hour of the twenty-second day of the second month, of the year twenty-twenty-two! As well as the date being a palindrome — something that reads the same forwards and backwards — on an vintage ‘80s LCD clock, the date and time could be written as an ambigram too — something that can be read upside down as well as the right way up:

Cloudflare achieves key cloud computing certifications — and there’s more to come

When we hit 2022 02 22, our team was busy completing our second annual audit to certify to ISO/IEC 27701:2019, having been one of the first organizations in our industry to have achieved this new ISO privacy certification in 2021, and the first Internet performance & security company to be certified to it. And now Cloudflare has now been certified to a second international privacy standard related to the processing of personal data — ISO/IEC 27018:2019.1

ISO 27018 is a privacy extension to the widespread industry standards ISO/IEC 27001 and ISO/IEC 27002, which describe how to establish and run an Information Security Management System. ISO 27018 extends the standards into a code of practice for how any personal information should be protected when processed in a public cloud, such as Cloudflare’s.

What does ISO 27018 mean for Cloudflare customers?

Put simply, with Cloudflare’s certifications to both ISO 27701 and ISO 27018, customers can be assured that Cloudflare both has a privacy program that meets GDPR-aligned industry standards and also that Cloudflare protects the personal data processed in our network as part of that privacy program.

These certifications, in addition to the Data Processing Addendum (“DPA”) we make available to our customers, offer our customers multiple layers of assurance that any personal data that Cloudflare processes on their behalf will be handled in a way that meets the GDPR’s requirements.

The ISO 271018 standard contains enhancements to existing ISO 27002 controls and an additional set of 25 controls identified for organizations that are personal data processors. Controls are essentially a set of best practices that processors must meet in terms of data handling practices and transparency about those practices, protecting and encrypting the personal data processed, and handling data subject rights, among others. As an example, one of the ISO 27018 requirements is:

Where the organization is contracted to process personal data, that personal data may not be used for the purpose of marketing and advertising without establishing that prior consent was obtained from the appropriate data subject. Such consent shall not be a condition for receiving the service.

When Cloudflare acts as a data processor for our customers’ data, that data (and any personal data it may contain) belongs to our customers, not to us. Cloudflare does not track our customers’ end users for marketing or advertising purposes, and we never will. We even went beyond what the ISO control required and added this commitment to our customer DPA:

“… Cloudflare shall not use the Personal Data for the purposes of marketing or advertising…”
– 3.1(b), Cloudflare Data Protection Addendum

Cloudflare achieves ISO 27018:2019 Certification

For ISO 27018, Cloudflare was assessed by a third-party auditor, Schellman, between December 2021 and February 2022. Certifying to an ISO privacy standard is a multi-step process that includes an internal and an external audit, before finally being certified against the standard by the independent auditor. Cloudflare’s new single joint certificate, covering ISO 27001:2013, ISO 27018:2019, and ISO 27701:2019 is now available to download from the Cloudflare Dashboard.

Cloudflare achieves key cloud computing certifications — and there’s more to come

C5:2020 – Cloud Computing Compliance Criteria Catalog

ISO 27108 isn’t all we’re announcing: as we blogged in February, Cloudflare has also been undergoing a separate independent audit for the Cloud Computing Compliance Criteria Catalog certification — also known as C5 — which was introduced by the German government’s Federal Office for Information Security (“BSI”) in 2016 and updated in 2020. C5 evaluates an organization’s security program against a standard of robust cloud security controls. Both German government agencies and private companies place a high level of importance on aligning their cloud computing requirements with these standards. Learn more about C5 here.

Today, we’re excited to announce that we have completed our independent audit and received our C5 attestation from our third-party auditors. The C5 attestation report is now available  to download from the Cloudflare Dashboard.

And we’re not done yet…

When the European Union’s benchmark-setting General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) was adopted four years ago this week, Article 40 encouraged:

“…the drawing up of codes of conduct intended to contribute to the proper application of this Regulation, taking account of the specific features of the various processing sectors and the specific needs of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.”

The first code officially approved as GDPR-compliant by the EU one year ago this past weekend is ‘The EU Cloud Code of Conduct’. This code is designed to help cloud service providers demonstrate the protections they provide for the personal data they process on behalf of their customers. It covers all cloud service layers, and its compliance is overseen by accredited monitoring body SCOPE Europe. Initially, cloud service providers join as members of the code’s General Assembly, and then the second step is to undergo an audit to validate their adherence to the code.

Today, we are pleased to announce today that Cloudflare has joined the General Assembly of the EU Cloud Code of Conduct. We look forward to the second stage in this process, undertaking our audit and publicly affirming our compliance to the GDPR as a processor of personal data.

Cloudflare Certifications

Customers may now download a copy of Cloudflare’s certifications and reports from the Cloudflare Dashboard; new customers may request these from your sales representative. For the latest information about our certifications and reports, please visit our Trust Hub.


1The International Organization for Standardization (“ISO”) is an international, nongovernmental organization made up of national standards bodies that develops and publishes a wide range of proprietary, industrial, and commercial standards.

Updates to Cloudflare Security and Privacy Certifications and Reports

Post Syndicated from Ling Wu original https://blog.cloudflare.com/updates-to-cloudflare-security-and-privacy-certifications-and-reports/

Updates to Cloudflare Security and Privacy Certifications and Reports

Updates to Cloudflare Security and Privacy Certifications and Reports

Cloudflare’s products and services are protecting more customers than ever with significant expansion over the past year. Earlier this week, we launched Cloudflare Security Center so customers can map their attack surface, review potential security risks and threats to their organization, and have generally fast tracked many offerings to meet the needs of customers.

This rapid expansion has meant ensuring our security, privacy, and risk posture grew accordingly. Customer confidence in our ability to handle their sensitive information in an ever-changing regulatory landscape has to be as solid as our offerings, so we have expanded the scope of our previously-existing compliance validations; not only that, we’ve also managed to obtain a couple of new ones.

What’s New

We’ve had a busy year and focused on our commitment to privacy as well as complying to one of the most rigorous security standards in the industry. We are excited about the following achievements in 2021:

Updates to Cloudflare Security and Privacy Certifications and Reports

FedRAMP In Process – Cloudflare hit a major milestone by being listed on the FedRAMP Marketplace as ‘In Process’ for receiving an agency authorization at a moderate baseline. Once an Authorization to Operate (ATO) is granted, it will allow agencies and other cloud service providers to leverage our product and services in a public sector capacity.

Updates to Cloudflare Security and Privacy Certifications and Reports

ISO 27701:2019 (International Standards Organization) – Cloudflare is one of the first companies in the industry to achieve ISO 27701 certification as both a data processor and controller. The certification provides assurance to our customers that we have a formal privacy program that is aligned to GDPR.

Updates to Cloudflare Security and Privacy Certifications and Reports

Self-Serve Compliance Documentation – Pro, Business, and Enterprise customers now have the ability to obtain a copy of Cloudflare’s certifications, reports, and overview through the Cloudflare Dashboard.

Security Certifications & Reports

Cloudflare understands the importance of maintaining compliance to industry standards, certifications, and reports. Our customers rely on the certifications we have to ensure secure and private handling of their data. Each year, the security team expands the scope of these validations to ensure that all of our applicable products and services are included.  Cloudflare has met the requirements of the following standards:

Updates to Cloudflare Security and Privacy Certifications and Reports

SOC-2 Type II / SOC 3 (Service Organizations Controls) – Cloudflare maintains SOC reports that include the security, confidentiality, and availability trust principles. The SOC-2 report provides assurance that our products and underlying infrastructure are secure and highly available while protecting the confidentiality of our customer’s data. We engage with our third-party assessors on an annual basis, and the report provided to our customers covers a period of one full year.

Updates to Cloudflare Security and Privacy Certifications and Reports

ISO 27001:2013 (International Standards Organization) – Cloudflare’s ISO certification covers our entire platform. Customers can be assured that Cloudflare has a formal information security management program that adheres to a globally recognized standard.

Updates to Cloudflare Security and Privacy Certifications and Reports

PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) – Cloudflare engages with a QSA (Qualified Security Assessor) on an annual basis to evaluate us as a Level 1 Merchant and a Service Provider. This way, we can assure our customers that we meet the requirements to transmit their payment data securely. As a service provider, our customers can trust Cloudflare’s products to meet requirements of the DSS and transmit cardholder data securely through our services.

Updates to Cloudflare Security and Privacy Certifications and Reports

HIPAA/HITECH Act (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act/Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health – Covered healthcare entities that are leveraging our enterprise version of our security products to protect their application layer can be assured that Cloudflare can sign Business Associates Agreements (BAA).

Updates to Cloudflare Security and Privacy Certifications and Reports

1.1.1.1 Public DNS Resolver Privacy Examination – Cloudflare conducted a first-of-its-kind privacy examination by a leading accounting firm to determine whether the 1.1.1.1 resolver was effectively configured to meet Cloudflare’s privacy commitments. A public summary of the assessment can be found here.

What’s on our Roadmap?

As a global company, Cloudflare partners with industry experts and regional leaders around the world to determine the best ways to build customer trust. Our infoshare events with existing customers and participation in standards organizations guide our methods to continuously improve the security and privacy posture of our products and services. Part of that improvement is obtaining additional third party validations. At this time, we are evaluating ISO 27018 to give customers additional assurance that we meet industry standards for handling personal data in our cloud platform. We will continue to move forward in our FedRAMP journey. And of course, we are continuously evaluating a range of other region-specific certifications. For the latest information about our certifications and reports, please visit our trust hub.

If you are an existing customer and want to give us feedback about a validation, please contact your Account Executive and let them know! We will continue to pursue validations that support our customers’ needs and make the internet safer and more secure.

Certifying our Commitment to Your Right to Information Privacy

Post Syndicated from Emily Hancock original https://blog.cloudflare.com/certifying-our-commitment-to-your-right-to-information-privacy/

Certifying our Commitment to Your Right to Information Privacy

Certifying our Commitment to Your Right to Information Privacy

Cloudflare recognizes privacy in personal data as a fundamental human right and has taken a number of steps, including certifying to international standards, to demonstrate our commitment to privacy.

Privacy has long been recognized as a fundamental human right. The United Nations included a right to privacy in its 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 12) and in the 1976 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (Article 17). A number of other jurisdiction-specific laws and treaties also recognize privacy as a fundamental right.

Cloudflare shares the belief that privacy is a fundamental right. We believe that our mission to help build a better Internet means building a privacy-respecting Internet, so people don’t feel they have to sacrifice their personal information — where they live, their ages and interests, their shopping habits, or their religious or political beliefs — in order to navigate the online world.

But talk is cheap. Anyone can say they value privacy. We show it. We demonstrate our commitment to privacy not only in the products and services we build and the way we run our privacy program, but also in the examinations we perform of our processes and products  to ensure they work the way we say they do.

Certifying to International Privacy and Security Standards

Cloudflare has a multi-faceted privacy program that incorporates critical privacy principles such as being transparent about our privacy practices, practicing privacy by design when we build our products and services, using the minimum amount of personal data necessary for our services to work, and only processing personal data for the purposes specified. We were able to demonstrate our holistic approach to privacy when, earlier this year, Cloudflare became one of the first organizations in our industry to certify to a new international privacy standard for protecting and managing the processing of personal data — ISO/IEC 27701:2019.

This standard took the concepts in global data protection laws like the EU’s watershed General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) and adapted them into an international standard for how to manage privacy. This certification provides assurance to our customers that a third party has independently verified that Cloudflare’s privacy program meets GDPR-aligned industry standards. Having this certification helps our customers have confidence in the way we handle and protect our customer information, as both processor and controller of personal information.

The standard contains 31 controls identified for organizations that are personal data controllers, and 18 additional controls identified for organizations that are personal data processors.[1] The controls are essentially a set of best practices that data controllers and processors must meet in terms of data handling practices and transparency about those practices, documenting a legal basis for processing and for transfer of data to third countries (outside the EU), and handling data subject rights, among others.

For example, the standard requires that an organization maintain policies and document specific procedures related to the international transfer of personal data.

Cloudflare has implemented this requirement by maintaining an internal policy restricting the transfer of personal data between jurisdictions unless that transfer meets defined criteria. Customers, whether free or paid, enter into a standard Data Processing Addendum with Cloudflare which is available on the Cloudflare Customer Dashboard and which sets out the restrictions we must adhere to when processing personal data on behalf of customers, including when transferring personal data between jurisdictions. Additionally, Cloudflare publishes a list of sub-processors that we may use when processing personal data, and in which countries or jurisdictions that processing may take place.

The standard also requires that organizations should maintain documented personal data minimization objectives, including what mechanisms are used to meet those objectives.

Personal data minimization objective

Cloudflare maintains internal policies on how we manage data throughout its full lifecycle, including data minimization objectives. In fact, our commitment to privacy starts with the objective of minimizing personal data. That’s why, if we don’t have to collect certain personal data in order to deliver our service to customers, we’d prefer not to collect it at all in the first place. Where we do have to, we collect the minimum amount necessary to achieve the identified purpose and process it for the minimum amount necessary, transparently documenting the processing in our public privacy policy.

We’re also proud to have developed a Privacy by Design policy, which rigorously sets out the high-standards and evaluations that must be undertaken if products and services are to collect and process personal data. We use these mechanisms to ensure our collection and use of personal data is limited and transparently documented.

Demonstrating our adherence to laws and policies designed to protect the privacy of personal information is only one way to show how we value the people’s right to privacy. Another critical element of our privacy approach is the high level of security we apply to the data on our systems in order to keep that data private. We’ve demonstrated our commitment to data security through a number of certifications:

  • ISO 27001:2013: This is an industry-wide accepted information security certification that focuses on the implementation of an Information Security Management System (ISMS) and security risk management processes. Cloudflare has been ISO 27001 certified since 2019.
  • SOC 2 Type II:  Cloudflare has undertaken the AICPA SOC 2 Type II certification to attest that Security, Confidentiality, and Availability controls are in place in accordance with the AICPA Trust Service Criteria. Cloudflare’s SOC 2 Type II report covers security, confidentiality, and availability controls to protect customer data.
  • PCI DSS 3.2.1: Cloudflare maintains PCI DSS Level 1 compliance and has been PCI compliant since 2014. Cloudflare’s Web Application Firewall (WAF), Cloudflare Access, Content Delivery Network (CDN), and Time Service are PCI compliant solutions. Cloudflare is audited annually by a third-party Qualified Security Assessor (QSA).
  • BSI Qualification: Cloudflare has been recognized by the German government’s Federal Office for Information Security as a qualified provider of DDoS mitigation services.

More information about these certifications is available on our Certifications and compliance resources page.

In addition, we are continuing to look for other opportunities to demonstrate our compliance with data privacy best practices. For example, we are following the European Union’s approval of the first official GDPR codes of conduct in May 2021, and we are considering other privacy standards, such as the ISO 27018 cloud privacy certification.

Building Tools to Deliver Privacy

We think one of the most impactful ways we can respect people’s privacy is by not collecting or processing unnecessary personal data in the first place. We not only build our own network with this principle in mind, but we also believe in empowering individuals and entities of all sizes with technological tools to easily build privacy-respecting applications and minimize the amount of personal information transiting the Internet.

One such tool is our 1.1.1.1 public DNS resolver — the Internet’s fastest, privacy-first public DNS resolver. When we launched our 1.1.1.1 resolver, we committed that we would not retain any personal data about requests made using our 1.1.1.1 resolver. And because we baked anonymization best practices into the 1.1.1.1 resolver when we built it, we were able to demonstrate that we didn’t have any personal data to sell when we asked independent accountants to conduct a privacy examination of the 1.1.1.1 resolver. While we haven’t made changes to how the product works since then, if we ever do so in the future, we’ll go back and commission another examination to demonstrate that when someone uses our public resolver, we can’t tell who is visiting any given website.

In addition to our 1.1.1.1 resolver, we’ve built a number of other privacy-enhancing technologies, such as:

  • Cloudflare’s Web Analytics, which does not use any client-side state, such as cookies or localStorage, to collect usage metrics, and never ‘fingerprints’ individual users.
  • Supporting Oblivious DoH (ODoH), a proposed DNS standard — co-authored by engineers from Cloudflare, Apple, and Fastly — that separates IP addresses from DNS queries, so that no single entity can see both at the same time. In other words, ODoH means, for example, that no single entity can see that IP address 198.51.100.28 sent an access request to the website example.com.
  • Universal SSL (now called Transport Layer Security), which we made available to all of our customers, paying and free. Supporting SSL means that we support encrypting the content of web pages, which had previously been sent as plain text over the Internet. It’s like sending your private, personal information in a locked box instead of on a postcard.

Building Trust

Cloudflare’s subscription-based business model has always been about offering an incredible suite of products that help make the Internet faster, more efficient, more secure, and more private for our users. Our business model has never been about selling users’ data or tracking individuals as they go about their digital lives. We don’t think people should have to trade their private information just to get access to Internet applications. We work every day to earn and maintain our users’ trust by respecting their right to privacy in their personal data as it transits our network, and by being transparent about how we handle and secure that data. You can find out more about the policies, privacy-enhancing technologies, and certifications that help us earn that trust by visiting the Cloudflare Trust Hub at www.cloudflare.com/trust-hub.


[1] The GDPR defines a “data controller” as the “natural or legal person (…) or other body which, alone or jointly with others, determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data”; and a “data processor” as “a natural or legal person (…) which processes personal data on behalf of the controller.”

C5 Type 2 attestation report now available with one new Region and 123 services in scope

Post Syndicated from Mercy Kanengoni original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/security/c5-type-2-attestation-report-available-one-new-region-123-services-in-scope/

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is pleased to announce the issuance of the 2020 Cloud Computing Compliance Controls Catalogue (C5) Type 2 attestation report. We added one new AWS Region (Europe-Milan) and 21 additional services and service features to the scope of the 2020 report.

Germany’s national cybersecurity authority, Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (BSI), established C5 to define a reference standard for German cloud security requirements. Customers in Germany and other European countries can use AWS’s attestation report to help them meet local security requirements of the C5 framework.

The C5 Type 2 report covers the time period October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2020. It was issued by an independent third-party attestation organization and assesses the design and the operational effectiveness of AWS’s controls against C5’s basic and additional criteria. This attestation demonstrates our commitment to meet the security expectations for cloud service providers set by the BSI in Germany.

We continue to add new Regions and services to the C5 compliance scope so that you have more services to choose from that meet regulatory and compliance requirements. AWS has added the Europe (Milan) Region and the following 21 services and service features to this year’s C5 scope:

You can see a current list of the services in scope for C5 on the AWS Services in Scope by Compliance Program page. The C5 report and Continuing Operations Letter is available to AWS customers through AWS Artifact. For more information, see Cloud Computing Compliance Controls Catalogue (C5).

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Mercy Kanengoni

Mercy is a Security Audit Program Manager at AWS. She leads security audits across Europe, and she has previously worked in security assurance and technology risk management.

AWS is the first global cloud service provider to comply with the new K-ISMS-P standard

Post Syndicated from Seulun Sung original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/security/aws-is-the-first-global-cloud-service-provider-to-comply-with-the-new-k-isms-p-standard/

We’re excited to announce that Amazon Web Services (AWS) has achieved certification under the Korea-Personal Information & Information Security Management System (K-ISMS-P) standard (effective from December 16, 2020 to December 15, 2023). The assessment by the Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA) covered the operation of infrastructure (including compute, storage, networking, databases, and security) in the AWS Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region. AWS was the first global cloud service provider (CSP) to obtain K-ISMS certification (the previous version of K-ISMS-P) back in 2017. Now AWS is the first global CSP to achieve compliance with the K-ISMS portion of the new K-ISMS-P standard.

Sponsored by KISA and affiliated with the Korean Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT), K-ISMS-P serves as a standard for evaluating whether enterprises and organizations operate and manage their information security management systems consistently and securely, such that they thoroughly protect their information assets. The new K-ISMS-P standard combined the K-ISMS and K-PIMS (Personal Information Management System) standards with updated control items. Accordingly, the new K-ISMS certification and K-ISMS-P certification (personal information–focused) are introduced under the updated standard.

In this year’s audit, 110 services running in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region are included. The newly launched Availability Zone in 2020 is also added to the certification scope.

This certification helps enterprises and organizations across South Korea, regardless of industry, meet KISA compliance requirements more efficiently. Achieving this certification demonstrates the proactive approach AWS has taken to meet compliance set by the South Korean government and to deliver secure AWS services to customers. In addition, we’ve launched Quick Start and Operational Best Practices (conformance pack) pages to provide customers with a compliance framework that they can utilize for their K-ISMS-P compliance needs. Enterprises and organizations can use these toolkits and AWS certification to reduce the effort and cost of getting their own K-ISMS-P certification. You can download the AWS K-ISMS certification under the K-ISMS-P standard from AWS Artifact. To learn more about the AWS K-ISMS certification, see the AWS K-ISMS page. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact your AWS Account Manager.

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Seulun Sung

Seulun is a Security Audit Program Manager at AWS, leading security certification programs, with a focus on the K-ISMS-P program in South Korea. She has a decade of experience in deploying global policies and processes to local Regions and helping customers adopt regulations. She is passionate about helping to build customers’ trust and provide them assurance on cloud security.

Cloudflare Certifications

Post Syndicated from Ling Wu original https://blog.cloudflare.com/cloudflare-certifications/

Cloudflare Certifications

Cloudflare Certifications

At Cloudflare, we prioritize initiatives that improve the security and privacy of our products and services. The security organization believes trust and transparency are foundational principles that are ingrained in what we build, the policies we set, and the data we protect. Many of our enterprise customers have stringent regulatory compliance obligations and require their cloud service providers like ourselves to provide assurance that we meet and exceed industry security standards. In the last couple of years, we’ve decided to invest in ways to make the evaluation of our security posture easier. We did so not only by obtaining recognized security certifications and reports in an aggressive timeline, but we also built a team that partners with our customers to provide transparency into our security and privacy practices.

Security Certifications & Reports

We understand the importance of providing transparency into our security processes, controls, and how our customers can continuously rely on them to operate effectively. Cloudflare complies with and supports the following standards:

Cloudflare Certifications

SOC-2 Type II / SOC 3 (Service Organizations Controls) – Cloudflare maintains SOC reports that include the security, confidentiality, and availability trust principles. The SOC-2 report provides assurance that our products and underlying infrastructure are secure and highly available while protecting the confidentiality of our customer’s data.  We engage with our third-party assessors on an annual basis, and the report provided to our customers covers a period of one full year.

Cloudflare Certifications

ISO 27001:2013 (International Standards Organization) – Cloudflare’s ISO certification covers our entire platform including our edge network and core data centers. Customers can be assured that Cloudflare has a formal information security management program that adheres to a globally recognized standard.

Cloudflare Certifications

PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) – Cloudflare engages with a QSA (qualified security assessor) on an annual basis to evaluate us as a Level 1 Merchant and a Service Provider. This way, we can assure our customers that we meet the requirements to transmit their payment data securely. As a service provider, our customers can trust Cloudflare’s products to meet requirements of the DSS and transmit cardholder data securely through our services.

Cloudflare Certifications

HIPAA/HITECH Act (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act/Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health – Covered healthcare entities that are leveraging our enterprise version of our security products to protect their application layer can be assured that Cloudflare can sign Business Associates Agreements (BAA).

Cloudflare Certifications

1.1.1.1 Public DNS Resolver Privacy Examination –  Cloudflare conducted a first-of-its-kind privacy examination by a leading accounting firm to determine whether the 1.1.1.1 resolver was effectively configured to meet Cloudflare’s privacy commitments. A public summary of the assessment can be found here.

Security Engagement Team

We understood that having security compliance certifications and reports would provide ease of mind when using our products, but we knew it may not be enough for those who are sending their most sensitive information through our services. We decided that it was paramount to build out a Security Engagement Team within our Security Organization. Our Security Engagement Team can work with our customer’s security and compliance functions to understand their regulatory and compliance landscape. They are here to understand our customer’s use cases, address concerns, and communicate asks and requests to our Validations, Risk, and Security Engineering Teams so we know what’s top of mind from our customers.

We strive to put trust first. The certifications and reports we obtain, the security features we build, the white papers, faqs, and documents that we create — we build all of these resources based on the needs of our customers.  In the future, we will continue to listen closely to our customers, with the goal of continuously improving the security and privacy of our products and services.

For more information about our certifications and reports please visit our compliance page – cloudflare.com/compliance. You can also reach us at [email protected] for any questions.