2023 Chapter Award Winners
CSA Triangle Chapter | Americas Winner
The CSA Triangle Chapter excels in advancing cloud security knowledge. It has created educational materials on cloud threat modeling, presented at conferences, and hosted immersion events. Collaborating with cloud and security providers, they lead technical discussions, co-hosted the Triangle InfoSeCon 2023, and contributed to cloud security panels. The chapter expanded through partnerships, sponsorships, and aided Red Hat's CSA Trusted Cloud Consultant designation. They also co-hosted the 2022 CSA Summit North Carolina, featuring speakers on cloud strategy and real-world implementations. Well done, Triangle Chapter!
Israel Chapter | EMEA Winner
The CSA Israel chapter continues to make waves in the cybersecurity world, notably with their annual event held during Tel Aviv University"s Cyberweek, one of the globe"s premier cyber conferences. Their six-year collaboration with TAU has seen consistent growth in both reputation and audience, with a record 500 attendees in 2023. Their dedication to advancing the field is evident in their release of four pioneering research papers, with a fifth on the horizon. Notably, their innovative work on serverless security has not only been a trailblazer but also secured a spot among CSA's top downloads for a period. Congratulations to the CSA Israel chapter for their unwavering commitment and impactful contributions!
Bangalore Chapter | APAC Winner
The CSA Bangalore chapter has truly exemplified excellence this year, earning them the 2023 Chapter of Excellence Award. Their inaugural annual conference in 2022, with over 250 participants, bolstered CSA's reputation, while their 2023 monthly meetups consistently drew impressive numbers, covering a wide array of topics. Their commitment to diversity shone with events featuring high female participation and an all-women speaker lineup. Additionally, their training initiatives, global research projects, and collaborations with universities have set new benchmarks in promoting cybersecurity awareness and thought leadership.
With a rapidly growing community nearing 4,000 members, the chapter has been instrumental in establishing CxO forums and addressing key industry challenges. Their continuous encouragement for member contributions has resulted in numerous insightful blogs, with several featured on the CSA webpage. Kudos to the CSA Bangalore chapter for their outstanding contributions to the cloud security domain!
2021 Chapter Award Winners
Washington DC Metro Area Chapter
Their Zero Trust Architecture paper was a position paper supporting President Biden’s Executive Order to improve the nation’s cybersecurity.
They held an in-person CSA Federal Summit event in October, with over 200 attendees. They also were able to host over 12 monthly webinars that were well attended and on-topic. Congratulations on a successful year! Way to go, DC Chapter!
The CSA Italy Chapter had a stellar 2021, helping to influence national policy in adoption of the CSA STAR Level 2 requirements for cloud companies operating within Italy.
They took the CSA CxO global initiative and organized an in-person regional event in November of 2021, which was very successful.
In addition, they helped bring in over 10 new SaaS corporate members to CSA. Outstanding work, Italy Chapter!
The CSA Japan Chapter enjoys a chapter membership of over 200 individuals and over 35 corporations. They have translated several documents into Japanese in 2021, such as:
- State of Cloud Security Risk, Compliance, and Misconfigurations
- STAR Level 1: Security Questionnaire (CAIQ v4)
- Cloud Threat Modeling
- CCM & CAIQ v4
- Cloud Incident Response Framework
- IoT Security Controls Framework Version 2
- Key Management when using Cloud Services
- The 12 Most Critical Risks for Serverless Applications
These translations make CSA research artifacts widely available to Japanese speakers, improving cloud security awareness in Japan. Currently, the CSA Japan Chapter is working on mapping/reverse-mapping between the Japanese government’s Information System Security Management and Assessment Program (ISMAP) and the CCM.
In addition, the chapter has been successfully organizing a summit and congress event every year since its inception with an average of around 500 participants.
2020 Chapter Volunteer Award Recipients
Matt Nelson, West Michigan Chapter
With the help from his Chapter, Matt spearheaded an almost year-long campaign to raise money for local charities in need and COVID front-line workers, raising over $50k. He also hosted a two-day CloudCon virtual event in August that was sold out. Finally, Matt helped promote and drive engagement to a Women in Tech organization, Bridges in Tech, which helps to provide mentoring and promote the hiring and education of women and minorities.
Matt is the Senior Client Solutions Advisor at Optiv and President of the Cloud Security Alliance West Michigan Chapter.
When he’s not sitting behind a computer, working with customers or giving presentations you can find him enjoying nature in beautiful west Michigan, either fishing on a river, hiking on a trail, boating on a lake, barbecuing on his grill, or taking his kids to one of their many activities.
Olivier Caleff, France Chapter
Olivier has been instrumental in engaging the entire CSA EMEA community with the CSA CIRCLE platform. He has embraced the CIRCLE platform, created a newsletter, and posts discussion topics to various communities each week. In addition to embracing and engaging with CIRCLE, Olivier continues to be a guiding force in promoting CSA and cloud security best practices in France and Switzerland. Olivier has been a contributor to CSA research by actively working to translate many of the CSA white papers into French, helping to increase their outreach and value in French speaking countries around the globe.
Olivier is a Cyber-Sesilience and CSIRT Security Expert at Sanofi, a member of the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) Informal Expert Group, and the Co-Chair of the Cloud Security Alliance French Chapter.
Faisal Yahya, Indonesia Chapter
As the Chairman, CSA Indonesia Chapter, Faisal revived and reset the Chapter with new leadership. He helped to organize the second CSA Indonesia Summit in 2020 and also brought key industry players as speakers and secured two sponsors. To help IT and security professionals upgrade their skill sets in cloud security, he brought in two authorized Indonesia-based CCSK training partners.
Faisal has two decades of progressive leadership experience in Cyber Security and Enterprise Architecture. He plays an integral role in spearheading all Cloud Security, IT Infosec Strategy, Security Technology Roadmaps, Cyber Security Architecture, Incident Response Team, and Red/Blue Teaming (cross-functional team leadership – Purple teaming). Proven role model, Virtual CISO, and an engineering mentor, including university post-graduate lecturer.
Faisal engaged with the Asian IT communities by actively researching, speaking at public conferences, and advocating for better Cybersecurity. Experience in white paper development, technical presentations to clients, and technical writing. He is passionate about applying the latest technology securely and efficiently.
A member of the CSA Korea Chapter, YuJin single-handed translated the CSA artifact on "Cloud Penetration Testing Playbook" from English into the Korean language. The document was published April 2021. Download Document