Cloud Security Alliance Announces First Annual Ron Knode Service Award Winners

Six Individual CSA Volunteers Selected to Honor the Legacy of Late CSA Member and Volunteer Contributor Ron Knode

Orlando, FL - November 7, 2012 –The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) today announced the recipients of its first Ron Knode Service Award, a new annual award sponsored by the CSA recognizing excellence in volunteerism for six honorees from the Americas, Asia-Pacific and EMEA regions. The honorees were selected by the CSA Executive Team and chosen based on their valuable contributions towards fulfilling the CSA’s mission of promoting best practices for providing security assurance within Cloud Computing. The year’s recipients will be honored at the CSA Congress in Orlando and selected CSA regional events. Ron Knode was an information security expert and member of the Cloud Security Alliance family, who passed away on May 31, 2012. An innovative thinker and author of the CSA Cloud Trust Protocol, Ron was a cherished member of CSA, with endless energy and humor to guide his volunteer contributions. In Ron's memory, the Cloud Security Alliance established the Ron Knode Service Award, which will be awarded to CSA members on an annual basis. This year’s recipients reflect Ron’s passion for volunteerism and embody the spirit for which this award was established. They include: “All of us at the Cloud Security Alliance were deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Ron Knode earlier this year. Everyone who had the privilege to work with Ron benefited from the experience and he was instrumental in driving several key initiatives on behalf of the CSA,” said Jim Reavis, co-founder and executive director of the CSA. “The six individuals who have been selected for this award embody the spirit of Ron’s commitment to volunteerism. I know Ron would be proud of these individuals and their efforts to promote secure cloud computing across the globe.” About the Cloud Security Alliance The Cloud Security Alliance is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within Cloud Computing, and to provide education on the uses of Cloud Computing to help secure all other forms of computing. The Cloud Security Alliance is led by a broad coalition of industry practitioners, corporations, associations and other key stakeholders. For further information, visit us at, and follow us on Twitter @cloudsa. Media Contacts: Robert Nachbar [email protected] 206-427-0389

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