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CSA Research Update
Welcome to the CSA Research Update!

RSA is a week away and CSA has a suite of programming and activities throughout the week. We look forward to meeting fellow security professionals throughout the conference and hope to see you at one of our events.


CSA Summit 2015

CSA Summit 2015 at RSA Conference

Monday, April 20th, 9:00am to 12:00pm in Moscone West Room 2014

Join us for CSA Summit 2015 to discover lessons learned from enterprise experts in securing their clouds and achieving compliance objectives. Keynotes and speakers include:

  • Philippe Courtot, Chairman & CEO of Qualys
  • Jim Routh, CISO of Aetna, Inc.
  • Security leaders from AWS, Dropbox, Google, Office 365 and Rackspace
  • Marc Goodman, Author of Future Crimes, Global Security Advisor; Chair for Policy, Law and Ethics, Singularity University
  • Brigadier General (Res.) Nadav Zafrir, Cyber and Intelligence Expert Former Commander of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Technology & Intelligence Unit (8200)

For those of you planning to attend, be sure to arrive early to get a seat!

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Additional CSA Activities during RSA Conference

CCSK Foundation Training

Sunday, April 19th 8:00 – 5:00pm at the PLI Center, San Francisco, CA

Training course offered for $100 off the standard rate. The CCSK - Foundation class provides students a comprehensive one-day review of cloud security fundamentals and prepares them to take the Cloud Security Alliance CCSK v3.0 certificate exam.


CSA Legal Information Center Seminar: “Hot Legal Issues in the Cloud”

Monday, April 20th 1:15 – 5:30pm at the PLI Center, San Francisco, CA

This program will help you prepare for some of the current hot legal issues by focusing on what’s important for you to know, and for you to do, about security breaches, forthcoming European data protection legislation, Big Data and the Internet of Things.

This FREE event is also eligible for 3.0 hours of CLE general credit. Space is limited, register today!


CSA Working Group Meetings

Tuesday, April 21st, 9:00am – 5:00pm

PLI Center, 685 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Free event, open to all CSA members and other security professionals!

We encourage you to stop in for a session or two or stay the whole day.  This is a great chance to meet the working group chairs, hear initiative updates and dialog directly with the working group leaders and volunteers.

9:00 Cloud Data Governance Working Group
10:15 IoT Working Group
11:30 CSA Cyber Incident Sharing Center Initiative: Overview & Pilot Discussion (Lunch provided by CSA)
1:15 Big Data Working Group
3:45 CCM/CAIQ/Cloud Brokerage/Enterprise Architecture

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Cloud Security Alliance seeks to educate and inform both users and providers of cloud services.


Research at Cloud Security Alliance

CSA boasts a rapidly expanding suite of research initiatives, including 25 active work groups.

Participate in CSA surveys

Privacy and the Cloud: Cloud Security Survey

The Privacy and the Cloud: Cloud Security Survey, designed by the CSA and Intel Security, aims to gauge global consumer awareness about the privacy concerns related to cloud computing, sentiment about the level of trust in cloud computing and understand future growth in cloud usage.

CSA Insider Threat Survey

The CSA Cloud Data Governance Group is running a very short survey to better understand insider threat vectors and mitigating strategies for public cloud. Your insights are very valuable and the CSA will provide a copy of the report to all participants.

Join CSA Working Groups

Cloud Data Governance Working Group

Join the mission! The Cloud Data Governance WG needs participation from the CSA community to further its efforts to design a universal set of principles that map to emerging technologies and techniques for ensuring the privacy, confidentiality, availability, integrity and security of data across private and public clouds.

Top Threats Working Group

Join the team tasked with researching and defining the “Top Threats” to cloud computing. The combined research and collaboration of this team provides expert consensus on the probable threats which consumers should be concerned about and produces documentation such as “The Notorious Nine.”

New! Quantum-Safe Security Working Group

This new group will focus on cryptographic methods that will remain safe after the widespread availability of the quantum computer. This will be a forum for corporations, organizations and individuals who are interested in the topic of quantum‐safe security. The goal in forming this working group is to spark discussions on projects and issues regarding securing communications since the rise of the quantum computer.


Research News

The latest news about CSA research initiatives and publications.

CSA Announces Release of Security Framework for Governmental Clouds

Now available, this report is aimed at providing guidance to European Member States on how to develop a security framework for managing the risk in Governmental Clouds. Developed jointly by CSA, ENISA and TU Darmstadt…

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We look forward to meeting you at one of CSA's premier events.

CSA Federal Summit 2015

CSA Federal Summit 2015

Tuesday, May 5th - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Washington, D.C.

Free for government.

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CCSK Training

In conjunction with CSA Federal Summit
May 6–7

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CSA Congress US

CSA Congress US

at Privacy. Security. Risk. Conference
Sept 29–Oct 1, Las Vegas, NV

Pre-Register for $600 off standard conference rates and get the VIP package at Bellagio. Special discount and VIP status available only until Apr 30th, use code: csa200.

CSA EMEA-Berlin 2015

CSA Congress EMEA

November 17–19, Berlin, Germany

Accepting speaker proposals until June 1st.

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A few highlights from the hundreds of CSA research documents available here.


SecaaS Implementation Guidance Document

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Defined Categories of Service Document

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Quantum-Safe Working Group Charter

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Cloud Adoption In The Financial Services Sector Survey