Innovation Initiative


Introduction to the Innovation Initiative

The CSA Innovation Initiative is a working group within the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) created to foster secure innovation in information technology. CSA-II has a mission to:

  • Identify key structural issues related to trust and security that will inhibit the adoption of next generation information technology.
  • Articulate the guiding principles and objectives that IT innovators must address.
  • Help innovators incubate technology solutions that align with our principles and address the systemic gaps we have identified.

Innovation Initiative Scope and Responsibilities

The working group will be responsible for several primary tasks. These will include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Create consensus lists or security gaps existent in the industry that technology innovation shows promise to address
  2. Communicate the availability of CSA tools to innovators
  3. Consider and review innovator’s proposals to work with CSA II to assess their technology and provide resources above and beyond those CSA tools available to the global community
  4. Form “task forces” of community CIOs/CISOs, mentors and thought leaders to work with specific innovators and make recommendations to them as to improve their products and/or time to market capabilities.
  5. Work with Governments, agencies and academic institutions to assist with standards and programs which would further the mission of CSA II.
  6. Work with, for profit entities, which further the mission of CSA II or which closely, align themselves with CSA.

Innovation Initiative Leadership


Dennis Cline, Black Stratus

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Key Links & Resources

Innovation Initiative Overview Powerpoint

Innovation Initiative Overview Powerpoint

Release Date: February 24, 2012

Innovation Initiative Charter

Innovation Initiative Charter

Release Date: February 24, 2012

Innovation Initiative News

September 21, 2012

Call For Speakers for Cloud Security Alliance Innovation 2013 Conference

Innovators New Cloud-related Security Technologies Invited to Submit Proposal by October 14.

July 02, 2012

Cloud Security Alliance, Esther Dyson and Amrita University Co-Chair ‘Startup Pitchfest’ at SecureIT

CSA along with Esther Dyson and Amrita University will co-chair a new Startup Pitchfest at the inaugural SecureIT Conference on the Security of Internet of Things.

February 27, 2012

CSA Launches Mobile and Innovation Initiatives at RSA

Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) today announced two significant new initiatives for 2012, addressing growing areas of need in cloud security – mobile computing and innovation.