Our mission is to help Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) better understand the priorities of their peers within the C-Suite and to also enable CISOs with tools to communicate business risk, governance, and compliance issues of cloud computing and cybersecurity in the proper context to their peers within the C-Suite and their boards of directors. This initiative will be forward looking and innovative in advancing cloud computing and cybersecurity within the C-Suite. If you're interested in learning more, you can read the press release or email the CSA President, Illena Armstrong, at [email protected].
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Of organizations in the cloud:
47% are concerned
about their staff lacking cloud expertise.
Over 50% are running
41% or more of their workloads in a public cloud.
41% are unsure
whether they have experienced a cloud-related operational incident in the last 12 months.
Source: State of Cloud Security Concerns | CSA
*This survey was submitted to nearly 1900 IT and security professionals.
Cloud may be the new normal, but numerous organizations:
Are just beginning
their cloud journeys
Have more sophisticated
knowledge of security requirements
Addressing These Challenges
CSA will form a trusted community of CISOs and other C-level stakeholders who will leverage the collective voice of this group to further influence and drive the:
- Evolution and common understanding of cloud and cloud-driven technologies knowledge;
- Establishment and advancement of cloud security standards, guidance, research and more;
- Professional development and continuous education of much-needed cloud experts;
- Improvements in cloud and cybersecurity services and products;
- Progression and passage of related and necessary regulations or legislation;
- Unification of cloud and cybersecurity messaging and knowledge sharing among organizations’ C-suite stakeholders, as well as in the wider industry and beyond.
This group will complement existing CISO and cybersecurity networks. If interested in working with us on ours, which is uniquely positioned given our 12 years as a non-profit helping the industry secure the cloud, please reach out to CSA President Illena Armstrong.
Learn more about CSA CxO Trust.
To gain full access to this group once it’s launched organizations will need to be a CSA Corporate Members. If you're interested in learning more, please email the CSA President, Illena Armstrong, at [email protected].
How to Get Involved
Research Working Group
The CSA CxO Trust Working Group will conduct research consisting of best practices, metrics, surveys, C-level presentations and other tools in support of the overall initiative mission. The working group will be open to professionals and subject-matter experts from both CSA member and non-member organizations. The working group will have its kickoff meeting in Q3 of 2021, interested individuals can informally discuss the issues in our Circle community now.
Along with other projects, this group will regularly update and maintain a document listing the Cloud Priorities for the CxOs. The roadmap of other deliverables for this group will include:
- Original research publications,
- Executive summaries of CSA research publications with context for C-Suite readers,
- Curation of third-party research and data,
- Joint research with outside groups.
CSA looks to our advisory council to contribute to and advise on the overall strategy and roadmap of this broad-based program’s offerings. In addition to generally advising on the C-Suite Initiative and related offerings, the Council also helps guide our CxO Research Working Group. This council is not only made up of CISOs, but also Chief Information/Chief Technology Officers, Chief Risk Officers, Chief Privacy Officers, Chief Compliance Officers, Chief Operating Officers, Chief Executive Officers and other C-level stakeholders engaged in driving and supporting their organizations’ cloud computing and cloud security programs.
Chief Digital and Information Officer
Mike Anderson brings over 20 years of experience to his role as Chief Digital and Information Officer for Netskope, having built and led high-performing teams across a wide range of disciplines, including sales, operations, business development, and information technology. He is considered a thought leader, visionary, and speaker on digital transformation, leadership, and business agility.
Raj Badhwar has 25+ years of experience within Cybersecurity and IT. He is currently the CISO for Voya Financial and previously held senior Security/IT leadership roles at AIG, BAE Systems, Bank of America, and AOL Time Warner.
Co-Founder and Chair
Rolf A. Becker is the Co-Founder and Chair of the European User Group Enterprise & Cloud Data Protection. The EuUG has developed a broad range of data protection control and design requirements and is in the process of joining the Cloud Security Alliance as a special interest group.
SVP, Cloud Security Leader
Rachel Kim Bierner serves as Cloud Security Leader at Wells Fargo, where she is responsible for the development and delivery of the company’s cloud security strategy and control framework. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, she led various cybersecurity and technology functions over 19 years at Bank of America. Rachel started her career as a consultant with Management implementations for clients around the world.
Vice President, Cloud Security
Fred Budd is serving as Vice President, Cloud Security for Mastercard. In this role, he is responsible for the protection of Mastercard’s cloud platforms and driving the evolution of security practices. Fred has over 20 years of diverse experience in security architecture, technology strategy and governance, privacy and compliance, identity management, telecommunications, IT operations, and product innovation. In the past decade, he has foc...
James Cairns loves the evolving challenges of his career in IT Security. He has spent more than 15 years invested in growing his experience as he implements systems and designs solutions to help students and colleagues learn and work more effectively and efficiently. As Security Lead, Bow Valley College, he has been invited to local and national conversations with CANARIE Joint Security Project, CanSSOC, Cybera AB Secure IT, and most recent...
Director - Global Security Engineering - Cigna
Cloud Security Engineering leader responsible for security engineering and security innovation. Enables new and untried technologies, runs proof of concepts, designs and engineers security configurations and enables the business to leverage new technology safely. Led the creation of Cigna’s security assurance framework which ensures that the security vision is consistently executed. Current research focuses on the domains of sec...
Chief Information Security Officer
Ben Carr is the Chief Information Security Officer at Qualys. He is an information security and risk executive with more than 25 years of experience in developing and executing long-term security strategies. Ben has demonstrated global leadership and experience, through executive leadership roles of advanced technology, high risk, and rapid-growth initiatives, at companies such as Aristocrat, Tenable, Visa and Nokia. While at Aristocrat, Be...
Chief Security Officer
Sean Catlett is the Chief Security Officer at Slack, where he oversees product security, GRC, and security engineering and operations. Prior to Slack, Sean was the first CISO for Reddit, where he built the company’s dedicated Security and Privacy functions, protecting more than 430 million monthly active users around the world. In addition to executive roles at industry-leading security software companies, Sean has held senior leadership ro...
Dave Cullinane is the Founder of TruSTAR Technology. Prior to TruSTAR, Dave served for 5+ years as the Chief Information Security Officer and VP of Global Fraud, Risk and Security for eBay and its many global businesses (StubHub, InternetAuction.co, GSI Commerce). He has more than 30 years of professional security experience building and managing cyber security and incident response teams.
Jim De Haas
Cloud Security Expert
Seasoned security professional with a demonstrated history of working on critical, complex and highly available banking applications. A technology enthusiast, who enjoys collaborating with cross-functional teams. A strong communicator who can evangelize security across the organisation. Specialised in Cloud Security (Both AWS and Azure), IT Security, training DevOps engineers in security topics and making security understandable to non-secu...
Vice President–Information Security and Privacy
Stacey Halota joined Graham Holdings Company (then The Washington Post Company) in 2003, where she leads the development and implementation of information security and privacy programs, including Sarbanes Oxley, privacy law, Payment Card Industry compliance, and other data protection efforts. Ms. Halota has more than 25 years of experience in the information technology, security, and privacy field. She is a Certified Information Systems Sec...
Lead Information Security Assessor, VP
Jason Johnson has had hands-on technical experience in information technology since 2004 and information security since 2015. His work history includes designing and administering traditional call center environments. He also has experience designing, securing, and managing cloud-based SaaS K-12 applications and conducting on-premises and cloud-based information security assessments. His previous roles include desktop support, network admin...
Chief Information Security Officer
With over 16 years of cybersecurity and risk leadership, strategy, and management experience, Suyesh is responsible for leading Domo’s cloud security, risk, compliance, and security operations. At Domo, Suyesh led Domo through the security and compliance maturity curve, including creating a catalog of security controls, implementing a data classification model, deploying a GRC solution, establishing meaningful security metrics, and creating...
Co-founder and CEO
Anil is co-chair of the CSA Application Containers and Microservices working group and has led the development of multiple research artifacts, building off the work started in the NIST Cloud Security working group. He is president of the CSA DC Metro Area Chapter, which he has transformed from a dormant chapter into one of North America’s most a...
Global CISO & VP, Global Cybersecurity Services
Andy Kirkland is the Chief Information Security Officer for Starbucks Coffee Company. In this role, Andy leads global cybersecurity services, including operations, engineering, architecture, identity and access management, as well as Cybersecurity risk and compliance.
With 20 years of experience working in information security and FDA regulatory environments, Andy’s career is rooted in change driven leadership, including roles in tech...
Chief Information Security Officer
Ricardo Lafosse is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Kraft Heinz. Lafosse is responsible for IT risk governance, OT security, incident management, technical disaster recovery, and determining enterprise-wide security policies and procedures. Lafosse regularly presents on security topics at global conferences, including MirCon, ISACA CACS, and Secure World.
Head of Global Trust Assurance
As the Head of The Global Trust Assurance organization for TikTok, V.Jay leads the team responsible for the development, alignment, adoption, and efficacy validation of the global cybersecurity & risk control capabilities, aligned to a real-time threat & risk compliance measurement framework in support of our world-class organization, infrastructure, and product delivery platforms across the globe.
Fausto has 12+ years of experience in cybersecurity and two cybersecurity patents. Before founding and becoming CEO at Secberus, he co-founded and was SVP of security at Zenedge. The knowledge, passion and expertise that led him to co-found two startups began as employee 14 at Prolexic, later acquired by Akamai. Fausto is a cybersecurity expert who has an excitement for helping CISOs and Information security leaders understand how to take b...
Chief Trust Officer
Adrian Ludwig is the Chief Trust Officer at Atlassian. Adrian joined the company in May 2018 and served as the Chief Information Security Officer for three years. Prior to Atlassian, Adrian held a number of security leadership positions at leading technology companies, including building out the security capabilities at Nest, Macromedia, Adobe, and Android (Google). He is also an active cybersecurity advisor and angel investor. As a self-de...
Chief Technology Officer, Head of Wiz Research, & Co-Founder
Ami Luttwak is Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Wiz, where he leads the world-renowned Wiz Research team. This team is responsible for identifying some of the year’s biggest novel cloud vulnerabilities, including the OMIGOD, Chaos DB, and Amazon and Google DNS-as-a-Service vulnerabilities.
Previously, Ami was the CTO of Adallom, a leading Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB), prior to its acquisition by Microsoft i...
Mario Maawad Marcos
Director of Security Innovation & Transformation
Mario Maawad Marcos has been working in the IT field for over 20 years, including the last 16 years in digital security. He has been working at Caixa Bank back since 2004, the first bank in Spain, as the Director of Security Innovation & Transformation.
Mario received a B.S. degree in Computer Science from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona in 1997 and a JD in Law, from the Open University of Catalonia, Barcelona in 20...
Chief Technology Officer
Shehzad Merchant is the Chief Technology Officer at Gigamon. He has over 20 years of experience and background in cybersecurity, networking, and communications. His areas of focus include cyber defense modeling, policy, and security in the world of connected devices. He holds several networking, communications, and security patents and is a speaker and panelist at various industry events.
Chief Information Security Officer
Aaron Miller has over 18 years of IT and IT Security experience. He is currently the Chief Information Security Officer for the New York State Office of the Attorney General. Prior to joining the NYS Office of the Attorney General, Aaron was the IT Security Practice Manager with JC Jones & Associates, where he developed IT security policies and procedures for various organizations. Before joining JC Jones & Associates, Aaron was Lead Cyber ...
Chief Information Security Officer and Deputy Chief Security Officer
As the Global CISO for Barclays, I am responsible for establishing and maintaining the enterprise vision, strategy, program and operations to ensure information assets and technologies are adequately protected across Barclays Group. Additionally as the deputy CSO, I support continuous development of an integrated approach to effectively manage a wide range of risks facing the bank.
My vision is to ensure Barclays has a truly world class ...
Global Research Leader, Security & CIO
Gerald leads the Security and CIO research portfolios within the IBM Institute for Business Value. He advises senior executives and board members on security strategy and cyber value chains, in particular the relationship between strategy, risk, security operations, identity, privacy, and trust. Over the past year, Gerald has authored original research papers on cloud security, cyber risk, business resilience, and zero trust. He has more th...
Chief Information Security Officer
As Finastra’s CISO, Vinay is responsible for establishing an intelligence-led, threat-focused information security program capable of detecting and protecting against emerging cyberattacks targeting Finastra and/or its clients.
VP of Information Security
Edgar Pimenta is the VP for Information Security at Talkdesk (a Cloud Contact Center) and is responsible for the governance, risk and compliance of information security at Talkdesk. He manages the team that deals with policies, the security education program, the security risk management processes, and data protection among others.
Director of Cloud Security
Mindy Player is the Director of Cloud Security for Lloyds Banking Group. She has 32 years of work experience, with the last 20 being in cybersecurity. Mindy has led teams accountable for various security disciplines ranging from Identity and Access Management, Investigations and Threat and Vulnerability Management to Security Engineering and Design. More recently, Mindy has been operating in cloud security in the Private Cloud, Adopted Publ...
Network PDF Cloud Solutions - CEO
Global Marketing Technologist, Healthcare Leader, Advisor, Board Member, BPM+ Health Ambassador, WiCyS TN affiliate V.P. - Nashville Beach Co-Founder
Janice Reese has more than 25 years of technology leadership experience with a specific emphasis on the intersection of information security and business. Janice brings her unique consulting expertise to connect digital transformation to business ...
Russell Rowe is the CISO for MicroFocus - Vertica. He is responsible for the secure deployment of cloud systems and driving security best practices. He is an information security, privacy, compliance, and risk executive with more than 30 years of experience in developing and executing long-term security strategies. Russell has held senior leadership roles in multiple organizations. He is a hands-on technology executive wi...
Cybersecurity R&D Specialist and Distinguished Engineer
Marisa Ruffolo is a Cybersecurity R&D Specialist and Distinguished Engineer at Chevron. She is responsible for researching and evaluating advanced technologies to implement Chevron’s cybersecurity guardrails. Prior to joining Chevron, Marisa worked as a systems engineer for national security research programs at Sandia National Laboratories and a technology architect at Accenture.
Chief Information Security Officer, MongoDB
Lena joined MongoDB with more than 20 years of cybersecurity experience. Before joining MongoDB, she was the Global Chief Information Security Officer for the international fintech company, Tradeweb, where she was responsible for all aspects of cybersecurity. She also served as CIO and Chief Security Officer for the New York Power Authority, the largest state power organization in the country. Lena is a founding member of Cybersecurity at M...
Neil Thacker is EMEA CISO for Netskope. He holds over 20 years of experience in the information security industry with previous roles at Swiss Re, Deutsche Bank and Camelot Group. He is co-founder and board member to the Security Advisor Alliance (SAA), with the goal to advocate, mentor and support the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. He is also advisory board member to NeuroCyber, a working group to support neurodiversity in...
Deputy CISO for Cybersecurity Risk Management
Joe Zacharias is the Deputy CISO for Cybersecurity Risk Management at Caterpillar in Peoria, IL. He began his career at Caterpillar in 2012 as an Incident Response Manager working in the CSIRT within Enterprise Security, leading large-scale advanced threat response, containment, and remediation activities. His principal areas of security leadership practice currently include Caterpillar Connected Asset Security (IoT) for Caterpillar equipme...
I envision a world where decisions are made on facts, not fear; teams are fulfilled, not frustrated; breaches are improbable, not inevitable. Security is a basic right. I am a cybersecurity practitioner and founder with 20+ years across IAM, pen testing, IR, data, app, and cloud security. An engineer by trade, an entrepreneur at heart, I am passionate about technology and solving real-world challenges. Former CISO, security leader at IBM an...