CSA Official Press Release

Published 08/11/2021

Jen Easterly, Director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to Headline Cloud Security Alliance’s SECtember

Jen Easterly, Director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to Headline Cloud Security Alliance’s SECtember

Premier cloud event offers insight into trending topics such as digital transformation, Zero Trust, and cyber-supply chain risk management

SEATTLE Aug. 11, 2021 – The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), the world’s leading organization dedicated to defining standards, certifications and best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment, announced today that Jen Easterly, Director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), will provide a keynote address on Sept. 15 as part of CSA’s SECtember, the first global event dedicated to the intersection of cloud and cybersecurity. In her talk, she will share her unique perspective on the implementation of the Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative and touch upon other issues important to Cloud Security Alliance community.

“Jen Easterly is absolutely the right choice to lead CISA. Her credentials are impeccable, and in her first few weeks she has already moved the ball forward in several areas. A key source of strength for Jen is her recent tenure in the private sector. We deeply appreciate Jen’s participation at SECtember and look forward to benefiting from her years of experience and deep understanding of the cybersecurity space,” said Jim Reavis, co-founder and CEO, Cloud Security Alliance.

As Director, Ms. Easterly leads CISA’s efforts to protect and defend civilian government networks, manage systemic risk to national critical functions, and collaborate with state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, as well as with the private sector to ensure the security and resilience of the nation’s cyber and physical infrastructure. Before serving in her current role, she was the head of Firm Resilience and the Fusion Resilience Center at Morgan Stanley, responsible for ensuring preparedness and response to business-disrupting operational incidents and risks.

She has a long tradition of public service, to include two tours at the White House, most recently as Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Director for Counterterrorism, and earlier as Executive Assistant to National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice in the George W. Bush Administration. A former member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service, she also served as the Deputy for Counterterrorism at the National Security Agency. A two-time recipient of the Bronze Star, Easterly retired from the U.S. Army after more than 20 years of service in intelligence and cyber operations, including tours of duty in Haiti, the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a French-American Foundation Young Leader, she is the past recipient of numerous fellowships. She is a distinguished graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and holds a master’s degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She is the recipient of the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation American Hostage Freedom Award and the Bradley W. Snyder Changing the Narrative Award.

The five-day, in-person event kicks off on Tuesday Sept. 14 with the CxO Trust Summit, a complimentary event being offered exclusively to members of the C-suite. Other highlights include a fireside chat with Chris Krebs, a founding partner of Krebs Stamos Group and the first CISA director, and the following panel discussions and talks:

  • Key Priorities & Challenges in a Digitally Transforming Business World. A panel of industry leaders will provide practical insight into prioritizing cybersecurity strategies to further a company's digital transformation.
  • Steps Towards Building a Zero Trust Architecture. This session introduces Zero Trust architectural components, the use of a Software Defined Perimeter in an enterprise, and how Zero Trust reduces the impact of the latest cyber attacks and threats to cloud.
  • Decoding Cyber-Supply Chain Risk Management Through NIST. Audience members will learn how to respond to the confusion surrounding supply chain risks by approaching it in two-fold processes (internal and external to an organization) and by looking at it at an enterprise level.

Attendees looking to further their cloud security knowledge can take advantage of three training sessions and earn up to one CPE credit per hour of training.

Rate for the full conference is $599; registration rate for students and government employees is $250. Register for the full event now.

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, training, 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 different parties can work together to create and maintain a trusted cloud ecosystem. For further information, visit us at www.cloudsecurityalliance.org, and follow us on Twitter @cloudsa.


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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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