Spanning Cloud Apps, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) backup and recovery solutions provider, is now a Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) partner. According to a statement, Spanning is joining CSA to provide expert insight on backup and recovery best practices and help companies understand the importance of taking a proactive approach to monitoring their data stored in cloud applications.

CSA is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the use of best practices for providing cloud security. In addition, this alliance provides education on the uses of cloud computing.

Spanning will contribute to the CSA Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM), which is designed to provide fundamental security principles to guide cloud vendors and assist prospective cloud customers in assessing the overall security risk of a cloud provider. The CSA CCM also provides a controls framework that describes security concepts and principles that are aligned to the CSA's guidance in 13 domains.

Spanning VP of Engineering Mike Pav commented on the announcement in a press release:

"The adoption of cloud-based applications is growing at an explosive rate, but unfortunately, many companies are moving to the cloud without a clear understanding of the relevant business continuity and security risks. We respect CSA's commitment to advocating for cloud security and are excited to work with the impressive list of CSA member companies to help organizations understand what risks and considerations are relevant to their business, and what legacy controls may no longer apply in cloud-based applications."

Spanning and CSA are encouraging companies to be diligent when it comes to backup and recovery for their SaaS application data, and have recommended:

  • Actionable reporting
  • Backup monitoring
  • Cost-effective storage strategies
  • Having the ability to meet compliance demands quickly
  • Reviewing status visibility reports

Jim Reavis, CSA's Chief Executive Officer, said that Spanning recognizes the importance of cloud compliance and security.

"Spanning is an innovator in the cloud data protection market with its unwavering commitment to trust and transparency," Reavis said in a prepared statement. "As a new partner, Spanning joins a like-minded group of security industry leaders who understand the importance of tackling security and compliance in cloud computing."