BARR Advisory announced that it has been accredited to certify cloud service providers (CSPs) in accordance with the Cloud Security Alliance’s (CSA) Security, Trust, Assurance, and Risk (STAR) program, the industry’s most powerful program for security assurance in the cloud.
By integrating multiple security standards, including SOC 2 and ISO/IEC 27001, the CSA STAR program complements BARR’s broad suite of compliance attestation services and provides cloud-based organizations with a cost-effective way to build trust and cement their dedication to demonstrating security and privacy best practices.
“For CSPs that have already completed assessments through other compliance frameworks, CSA STAR is a seamless addition that brings with it a unique opportunity to hone in on the security principles that are most relevant in cloud environments,” said BARR Advisory founder and president Brad Thies.
As an accredited STAR certification body, BARR Advisory will perform rigorous, independent security assessments of CSPs seeking to achieve STAR Level 2 certification. A step beyond Level 1’s Self-Assessment, STAR Level 2 certification allows organizations in medium- to high-risk environments to build off of other industry certifications and standards to make them specific for the cloud.
“Achieving STAR Level 2 certification not only proves to consumers and stakeholders that your organization adheres to current security standards, but also affirms your commitment to continuous improvement,” said Jim Reavis, co-founder and CEO of the Cloud Security Alliance. “Organizations that work with companies such as BARR Advisory to identify and minimize risks through CSA STAR will be better positioned to remain on the cutting edge of cloud security.”
BARR Advisory’s latest accreditation follows a year of rapid growth for the compliance firm, which was recently recognized by Ingram’s magazine as one of the top 10 fastest-growing companies in Kansas City.
“In 2023, we’re staying laser-focused on our mission of building a world of trust through cyber resilience,” Thies said. “Expanding our global network of industry partners to provide clients with a more robust ecosystem of security and compliance resources and growing our Cyber Risk Advisory practice with the addition of frameworks like CSA STAR are just some of the steps we’re taking to make security and transparency more accessible to organizations of all sizes.”
SOURCE: PR Newswire