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CSA Official Press Release

Published 08/17/2021

C-Level Stakeholders to Take on Digital Transformation’s Impact on Security Strategies at CxO Trust Summit

C-Level Stakeholders to Take on Digital Transformation’s Impact on Security Strategies at CxO Trust Summit

Event to provide CISOs, other C-level stakeholders with unique insight on navigating companies through today’s cybersecurity challenges

SEATTLE Aug. 17, 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, today released the agenda for its upcoming CxO Trust Summit on Sept. 14. Held in conjunction with CSA’s SECtember (Bellevue, Wash., Sept. 13-17), the complimentary event is being offered exclusively to C-suite stakeholders in support of the CxO Trust initiative. Among the day’s highlights will be a panel discussion on the challenges of digital transformation and a unique opportunity to take part in an intensive three-phase attack scenario.

“Over the course of the past year, we have heard again and again from CISOs and other C-level executives, who have been confronted with unexpected pain points as they undertake their digital transformation. Some are finding they need to rethink their teams’ skill sets, while others are struggling to get buy-in from their boards and other stakeholders,” said CSA President Illena Armstrong. “In response, we have tailored the inaugural CxO Summit to provide much-needed solutions to these enterprise challenges, while simultaneously deepening C-level stakeholders’ cloud and cybersecurity understanding and knowledge.”

Highlights of the day’s agenda include:

  • Panel Discussion: Digital Transformation Impacts to Security Strategies & the Teams Governing Them. Panelists: Barth Bailey, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, Fulton Bank; Rick Doten, Vice President, Information Security at Centene Corp., and CISO of Carolina Complete Health; Aravind Swaminathan, Global Co-chair of Orrick’s Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation practice; and Janice Reese, Chief Executive Officer, Network PDF Cloud. This session will explore how organizations can best evolve their security programs and control frameworks to adjust to their now highly virtualized, software-defined environments and the top priorities to address them.
  • Table Top Exercises. Chief Security Officers and other security industry leaders will take participants through a tabletop exercise to threat model against the latest breaches in cloud, using CSA’s newly released threat modeling tools to diagnose recent public attacks to build better detection, protection, and response processes. The threat modeling exercise will consider unique cloud threats, assets, vulnerabilities, appropriate controls, ratings, and more.
  • Panel Discussion: Cloud Native: Why Should I Care? Digital transformation involves application innovation and providing advanced predictive services to customers driven by an integrated user experience. Cloud native technologies enable applications to evolve faster, increase developer velocity, and bring a greater level of portability and consistency, regardless of underlying infrastructure. This discussion dives into what Cloud Native means to a CIO, CEO, and a CISO and examines the advantages, disadvantages, and future direction of these technologies.

Space is limited — those interested in attending this exclusive, complimentary event are encouraged to secure their spot today or visit for more information.

The CSA CxO Trust is a first-of-a-kind initiative that brings together a community of C-suite executives to evolve cloud and cybersecurity understanding, knowledge, and needed solutions in response to enterprise challenges. Those interested in participating in the CxO Trust Advisory Council should contact Illena Armstrong at [email protected] or visit CxO Trust for more information.

SECtember is a premier event that brings together thought leaders from five continents to provide a global perspective on strategic cloud and cybersecurity issues and deliver state-of-the-art educational activities, including the chance to upskill cloud security knowledge through an enhanced roster 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, and follow us on Twitter @cloudsa.

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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.

For press inquiries, email Zenobia Godschalk of ZAG Communications or reach her by phone at 650.269.8315.