Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is the University of Wisconsin's preferred provider for Restricted & Sensitive data among our public cloud (IaaS) providers, in terms of operational support, guidelines and monitoring provided by UW.
Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is permitted for Restricted & Sensitive data, with a risk assessment of the individual use case by Cybersecurity, and the implementation of the controls and processes identified in the risk assessment (see below for detail). Please see Cloud Platform Eligibility for Sensitive and Restricted Data for important information regarding the campus approach to security in the public cloud.
(See https://gartner.wisc.edu for eligibility & access to the preferred provider article)
The campus GCP IaaS Platform has been assessed by the Cybersecurity Risk Management Framework, to inform roles and responsibilities in the Shared Responsibility Model.
This assessment focused on the platform level and the controls and security posture shared among all high-risk accounts, as well as evaluation of UW contracts with Google
A Cybersecurity Cloud Assessment for Restricted Data is necessary to ensure the security of the data, as well as the customers' planned application and architecture within their individual account. This assessment should be straightforward for typical projects, but the time required for this assessment will vary based on data risk and desired architecture. The public cloud team can advise and consult on your planned service use and architecture.
University of Wisconsin has a Business Associates Agreement (BAA) that governs & protects the vendor's limits regarding access and use of your data (if you use a UW account). This agreement is focused on HIPAA data.
GCP provides physical security of the data center (often referred to as "security OF the cloud") in the Shared Responsibility Model
Use of UW Single Sign on provides Multi Factor Authentication (MFA) & meets authentication best practices.
Security Command Center Premium provides ongoing monitoring and actionable alerts to the UW Cybersecurity Operations Team (CSOC). The CSOC will escalate any issues they detect for the security contact provided in the account request.
The UW-Madison Google Cloud Platform high-risk accounts utilize the RHEDCloud Framework to develop some resources in collaboration with Google, UW Public Cloud team and UW Cybersecurity.
Use of services that are considered HIPAA eligible by Google is also highly recommended, and knowledge of the best practices documented therein will help with this process. More general security documentation & additional white-papers are also available.