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CSA Official Press Release

Published 08/24/2021

Cloud Security Alliance Welcomes Inaugural Members of the CxO Trust Advisory Council

Cloud Security Alliance Welcomes Inaugural Members of the CxO Trust Advisory Council

Members will contribute to, advise on the overall strategy and roadmap of CxO Trust and CxO Working Group

SEATTLEAug. 24, 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 the inaugural members of the CSA CxO Trust Advisory Council. The Council, whose membership is reserved exclusively for C-level executives of CSA’s Corporate Members, will contribute to and advise on the overall strategy and roadmap of the CxO Trust, 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.

“We tend to think of the cloud as the new normal, but for many organizations, it’s still uncharted territory. We are thrilled to welcome this esteemed group of industry leaders as they come together to help shape the messaging and knowledge-sharing among C-suite stakeholders and the industry at large,” said Jim Reavis, co-founder and CEO, Cloud Security Alliance.

In addition to its strategic work, Council members also will also serve as a sounding board for CSA’s CxO Working Group, which is tasked with carrying out research to advance best practices and other tools in support of the overall initiative mission. Along with other projects, the working group, which is open to professionals and subject-matter experts from both CSA member and non-member organizations, will regularly update and maintain a document listing the Cloud Priorities for the CxOs. The roadmap of other deliverables includes original research publications, executive summaries of CSA research publications with context for C-Suite readers, the curation of third-party research and data, and joint research with outside groups.

“I am excited to join the CxO Advisory Council at a time when more and more companies are undertaking their digital transformation. The CxO Trust initiative will enable those enterprise leaders in their journey to a more secure cloud adoption by providing a trusted community, a collective voice, and strategic advice,” said Vinay Patel, Chief Information Services Officer, Finastra.

"It is an honor to have the opportunity to participate and contribute with the CXO Trust Advisory board as the cloud becomes the foundation for global business. As cybersecurity risk integrates with enterprise risk, it must become a priority concern of the Board and C-suite. Embedding security throughout the company’s operations and culture, rapidly responding to threats, and influencing fellow senior leaders are skills that every healthcare executive should possess. The board and C-suite have the comprehensive perspective and authority to align enterprise cybersecurity risk management with the organization’s strategic goals," said Network PDF Cloud CEO Janice Reese.

“The charter of the CxO Trust Initiative is extremely important today at a time when cloud and digital transformation are becoming synonymous, and threats are escalating in parallel. I’m honored to be part of this collaborative effort to move the industry forward in a way that benefits all CxOs who look to leverage the cloud as a business driver and need to stay one step ahead of the adversaries,” said Shehzad Merchant, Chief Technology Officer, Gigamon.

Interested corporate member companies’ CISOs, as well as Chief Information/Chief Technology Officers, Chief Risk Officers, Chief Privacy Officers, Chief Compliance Officers, Chief Operating Officers, Chief Executive Officers and other C-level stakeholders engaged in driving and supporting their organizations’ cloud computing and cloud security programs are encouraged to apply to joining the CxO Advisory Council. For more information, please contact Illena Armstrong at [email protected] or visit

Those interested in learning more about the CxO Trust and its mission are encouraged to attend the 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. Space is limited — those interested in attending this complimentary event are encouraged to secure their spot today or visit 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 $399; 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.