CSA Official Press Release

Published 02/29/2016

Cloud Security Alliance Forms Global Enterprise Advisory Board

Cloud Security Alliance Forms Global Enterprise Advisory Board

Members to Play an Important, Strategic Role to Help Anticipate Emerging Trends, Ensure the Security of the Cloud and Guide the Future for the World’s Leading Cloud Computing Organization

San Francisco, CA – February 29, 2016 – RSA Conference 2016 - The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) today announced the formation of the [CSA Global Advisory Board][1], a ten-member body representing some the world’s most recognized experts within information technology, information security, risk management and cloud computing industries. The Global Advisory Board has been established to support CSA in further anticipating emerging trends, and as a result, increase the influence enterprises have over the future of the cloud industry's ability to address dynamic and optimal cloud security requirements.

“Cloud computing is clearly the future of IT. We believe this is a seminal moment for enterprises that will be significant for users of the cloud to take action to help assure the security of the cloud, with CSA’s standards and recommendations at the forefront within this ecosystem,” said Jim Reavis, CEO of the CSA. “By using this advocacy platform, we can achieve a force multiplier over our voices individually, and more effectively solve enterprise cloud security issues.”

“The education and standards work the CSA has done over the years has established a great foundation, making it an obvious partner from which to drive the additional work and awareness that needs to be done to secure cloud computing for enterprise use. Cloud computing is central to many enterprise IT strategies today and it is paramount to ensure security is embedded into the DNA of the rapidly evolving nature of various cloud services,” said Vinay Patel, Global Head of Information Security for Citi Enterprise Infrastructure and Chair of the Global Advisory Board. “The time is now for cloud providers and enterprises to join forces towards establishing a common agenda towards this goal.” 

Among the members of the advisory board are:

  • Vinay Patel, Global Head of Information Security for Citi Enterprise Infrastructure
  • V.Jay LaRosa
Vice President, Global Security Architecture, Global Security Organization at Automatic Data Processing
  • Gurdeep Kaur, AIG
  • Ricky Arora, IT&S Group Enterprise Architecture Capability Manager, British Petroleum
  • Joe Zacharias, Head of Information Security Engineering Enterprise Security Risk Management, Global Information Services, Caterpillar Inc
  • Pete Nicoletti, Chief Information Security Officer, Hertz
  • Michael Panico, Director of Security and Content Protection, Lucasfilm
  • Jairo Orea, Chief Security Architect, UnitedHealth Group

Among its key initiatives, the CSA Global Enterprise Advisory Board plans to issue periodic public guidance regarding issues related to CSA’s mission, including an annual report, State of Cloud Security, with the first such report being issued today at RSA Conference. The State of Cloud Security 2016 report seeks to view the cloud computing industry through the lens of the enterprise information security practitioner. By articulating the state of cloud security from this viewpoint, the report aims to grow awareness of the gaps and solutions that practitioners must advocate for, and help cloud providers better understand the needs of their customers.

About Cloud Security Alliance

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) is the world’s leading organization dedicated to defining and raising awareness of best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment. CSA harnesses the subject matter expertise of industry practitioners, associations, governments, and its corporate and individual members to offer cloud security-specific research, education, certification, events and products. CSA’s activities, knowledge and extensive network benefit the entire community impacted by cloud — from providers and customers, to governments, entrepreneurs and the assurance industry — and provide a forum through which diverse parties can work together to create and maintain a trusted cloud ecosystem.


Kari Walker for the CSA
ZAG Communications
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About 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, follow us on Twitter @cloudsa.

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