The Shared Responsibility Model Explained

In a cloud environment, your service provider takes on a share of many operational burdens, including security. However, cloud providers only secure the parts of the cloud infrastructure that remain under their direct control. Security for everything else—including your operating environments, service configurations, workloads, networks, user permissions, and more—is up to you. This approach to security is called the shared responsibility model. And shared responsibility agreements vary between service providers.

In this whitepaper, you’ll learn how to master shared responsibility, with insights into:

  • How share responsibilities work from a vendor-agnostic point of view
  • The risks to your organization if you don’t master shared responsibilities across all your cloud service providers
  • Putting the shared responsibility model into practice with unified cloud security