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CSA Official Press Release

Published 10/07/2020

Cloud Security Alliance Announces Recipients of 2020 Ron Knode Service Awards

Cloud Security Alliance Announces Recipients of 2020 Ron Knode Service Awards

Volunteers recognized for dedication, efforts to furthering cloud security best practices

SEATTLE – Oct. 7, 2020 –The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), the world’s leading organization dedicated to defining and raising awareness of best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment, today announced the recipients of its Ron Knode Service Award, recognizing CSA members from the Americas, Asia-Pacific, and EMEA regions for their excellence in volunteerism. The honorees were selected by the CSA executive team and chosen based on their valuable contributions towards fulfilling CSA’s mission of promoting best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment.

“This year’s recipients typify the qualities that made Ron Knode great —passion, commitment, and leadership. Each of these volunteers exemplify the spirit of volunteerism that is the bedrock of CSA’s present and future,” said Jim Reavis, co-founder and CEO, Cloud Security Alliance.

Ron Knode was an information security expert and member of the CSA family who passed away in May 2012. He is remembered as an innovative thinker with endless energy and humor to guide his volunteer contributions. He also was the creator of the CSA CloudTrust Protocol, which today remains an important asset for the continuous monitoring and auditing for cloud assurance and transparency certification. Established in 2012, the Ron Knode Service Award is awarded annually to CSA members whose contributions reflect Ron’s passion for volunteerism and embody the spirit for which this award was established.

This year’s recipients are:
Dr. James Angle, CSA Americas. Dr. Jim Angle is the manager of Network Security – Vulnerability Management at Trinity Health and co-chair of CSA’s Health Information Management working group. He has a Doctorate in Business Administration with a specialization in Computer and Information Security. He has over 25 years of experience in multiple areas of IT, culminating as the Deputy CIO for an army hospital, and more than 19 years of information security experience in both government service and the private sector. Angle has held multiple positions at Trinity Health, including that of Regional Information Security Officer and Security Architect.

Jon-Michael Brook, CSA Americas. Jon-Michael C. Brook, principal at Guide Holdings, LLC, has 20 years of experience in information security with such organizations as Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Booz Allen Hamilton, Optiv Security, and Symantec. He has contributed to a number of CSA projects and currently co-chairs the CSA Top Threats working group. His work traverses the government, financial, healthcare, gaming, oil and gas, and pharmaceutical industries. Brook has obtained a number of industry certifications, including CISSP and CCSK, and has patents and trade secrets in intrusion detection, enterprise network controls, cross domain security, and semantic data redaction. He holds a BS-CEN from the University of Florida and an MBA from the University of South Florida.

Aradhna Chetal, CSA APAC. Aradhna Chetal is global head for cloud security architecture at HSBC (Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corp.). She is a CSA Research Fellow and has been a key contributor to CSA standards and NIST cloud computing working groups, such as the Cloud Security Reference Architecture, Cloud Risk Management framework, and Application Container and Microservices Security. She has worked for a number of enterprises including JP Morgan Chase, Merck, Boeing Company, T-Mobile, and Microsoft, where she was responsible for defining cloud security strategies, cloud security architecture, digital transformation, and the migration of applications to the cloud. Chetal has also been an advisor to several startups that are developing products for network segmentation, Zero Trust, identity and access management, containers and microservices security.

Jim de Haas, CSA EMEA. A seasoned security professional with a demonstrated history of working on critical, complex, and highly available banking applications, Jim de Haas enjoys collaborating with cross-functional teams. He is the inventor and creator of the Cloud Octagon Model (and board game) for risk assessments. His areas of expertise include cloud security (both AWS and Azure), IT security, training DevOps engineers in security topics, and making security understandable to non-security/non-technical people. He has served as the secretary of the ABN AMRO Global Cloud Governance Board for the past five years and is a former advisory board member of the EU SEC project for continuous cloud auditing and monitoring. He speaks regularly at European conferences on the topic of cloud risk assessment.

Dr. Yale Li, CSA APAC. Li has been volunteering for CSA since 2010 and is one of the earliest CCSK credential holders. He is chairman of the CSA Greater China Region and its Security Coordinating Body. Previously, he served as the chief strategy ambassador and strategy advisor for CSA Global, a CISO Submit Program Committee member for CSA APAC, board member and research director for CSA Seattle Chapter, and lead/member for several CSA working groups. Outside of CSA, he served as Huawei Technology's chief security architect at the vice president level for four years, where he was involved in cyber security evaluation, international CSO, cloud computing, and CEO advisory roles. Previously, he was the principal security architect at Microsoft, responsible for data security, applications development security, and emerging market security in the SAFE-T (Security Accelerator for Emerging Technologies) team. Prior to joining Microsoft, he worked as the Chief Technology Architect at IBM in Canada. He has served as president of the UN's Institute of Digital Identity International since 2019, and is the chief scientist (security) and a fellow at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is also the co-founder and chief security officer for the Guangzhou Yingzi Technology Co., Ltd.

Masahiri Morozomi, CSA APAC. Masahiro Morozumi is the current chairman of CSA Japan chapter and a qualified CCSK v4 instructor. He has been designated a CSA Research Fellow and has contributed to such CSA research working groups as Internet of Things, Blockchain/Distributed Ledger, Software Defined Perimeter, Cloud Access Security Brokers, Cloud Data Center Security and Industrial Controls System, and ISO 27017 mapping to the Cloud Controls Matrix. Moreover, he is responsible for the translation of CSA research artifacts into Japanese, including: Top Threats to Cloud Computing: The Egregious 11; Guideline on Effectively Managing Security Service in the Cloud; Using Blockchain Technology to Secure the Internet of Things; Cloud Security Alliance’s Code of Conduct for GDPR Compliance; The Treacherous 12 – Cloud Computing Top Threats + Industry Insights; Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing v4.0; and Identity and Access Management for the Internet of Things.

Dr. Vrettos Moulos. CSA EMEA. Dr. Vrettos Moulos is a senior research software engineer at the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems in Greece. He is a contributor to CSA’s Serverless, Application Containers and Microservices, and Cloud Key Management working groups. For more than 10 years, he has served on various software development teams creating mission critical applications and has authored numerous industrial and scientific articles. Having worked as a developer, technical coordinator, team leader, and architect in different EU projects (4caast, DITAS, LeanBigData, SocIoS, CoherentPaaS, Orbit) he is well-versed in the information security lifecycle process. His main research interests lie around core topics in Big Data and secure practices that simplify the implementation of complex models. He has a particular interest in using both on-premise and cloud resources to enable tailored made solutions for AI applications. He holds a PhD in secure microservice architecture patterns from the National Technical University of Athens’ School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Michael Roza, CSA EMEA. Michael Roza is a risk, audit, control and compliance professional with 20-plus years of experience with organizations such as Bridgestone EMEA, Komatsu International, Mitsui Novus International, Johnson and Johnson Inc., and Baxter, Inc. Within CSA, he has served as lead author/contributor for 11 projects completed by CSA’s Internet of Things, Blockchain/Distributed Ledger, Top Threats, Cloud Control Matrix, and Software Defined Perimeter working groups. Professionally, he has worked with several high-tech startups serving the network management and contact center software markets, in addition to disk manufacturing, and radiological cancer treatment markets. He has held lead positions in SAP configuration and transformation teams, as well as SAP Segregation of Duties and IT General Controls projects. Roza also served as secretary or observer of various committees and councils such as internal audit, risk management, governance and risk, information security, and corporate social responsibility. He is a Certified Information Systems Auditor, Certified Public Accountant, and Certified Internal Auditor. He holds an AEMBA from Claremont College, Peter Drucker Center, and an MBA from DePaul University.

About Cloud Security Alliance
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