Attending The Cloud Security Alliance Congress

Cloud SecurityLast week, I had the opportunity to attend this year's Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Congress, in Orlando Florida.  The CSA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within the Cloud.  inContact became a corporate sponsor of the CSA this year, and I have since been engaged at the CSA as co-chair for the Subject Matter Expert Working Group  (SME WG),  I have also been able to peer review CSA guidance version 3 and even participate in the speaker selection for this years’ CSA Congress.  

I would like to report that the Congress went very well.  There were about 500 people in attendance.  They included vendors, cloud providers, security standards bodies, government entities, and of course cloud users and organizations looking at becoming cloud users.
They had 5 Tracks, which included;
  • Strategy and Architecture
  • Design and Implementation
  • Management and Operations
  • Legal and Compliance Federal
When selecting speakers, the CSA takes care to try to select speakers who are knowledgeable, engaging and who are not simply trying to sell you their products.  They address issues largely from a cloud user’s perspective, providing information and guidance to cloud users on how to prepare for and secure their services in a cloud environment.  
This upcoming year will be a big year for cloud services as more and more companies and even government agencies turn to the cloud to find solutions. I believe that the efforts and standards that the CSA promotes will be essential to this process as thousands of organizations begin turning to the CSA to obtain direction and guidance in their move to the Cloud.  I would like to invite organizations interested in the Cloud to investigate the CSA, become involved and even consider becoming a sponsor of the CSA.
inContact is working to not only be the leading world provider of cloud-based contact center solutions, we also believe that it is important to be involved in organizations such as the CSA and thus contribute to the security of all cloud services.