I remember receiving a call approximately four years ago, asking if Microsoft would be interested in sponsoring a new industry association focused on the burgeoning cloud computing market. At the time, many people had not yet heard the term “cloud computing”, and I recall hearing suggestions that this was merely an existing concept getting a new name. A wide range of business and consumer online service offerings were already up and running — many for decades – and a variety of names were being proposed. Remember “software plus services”? In any case, it was clear that interest was rapidly building, and somewhere along the way, the name cloud computing stuck.
With a wave of cloud solutions under development, the technology industry faced both challenges and opportunities. We’ve long been a supporter of industry associations and, once we took a look at what the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) was trying to accomplish, we signed on as a corporate sponsor. From those early days to present, the CSA has maintained its mission: “To promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within Cloud Computing, and provide education on the uses of Cloud Computing to help secure all other forms of computing.”
The CSA has been a consistent advocate for trust in the cloud and has helped raise awareness of the requests and requirements from customers moving to cloud services – whether they be private, hybrid solutions, or running in a public cloud. The CSA also provides valuable resources to help customers evaluate cloud providers’ ability to address their security needs, such as the Security, Trust & Assurance Registry (STAR). The global community’s growth has been exciting to see, as approximately 50,000 members are connected in varying ways, some of whom regularly engage in discussions and produce opinion papers to share their points of view.
It is a pleasure for me to now join the CSA board of directors, and I look forward to engaging in a new capacity as the Alliance moves forward. You can read more in the official announcement from CSA. I’ll be at my first board meeting the week of the CSA Congress 2013, in Orlando, Florida, and will also be speaking at the event on December 4. If you’re there, please reach out and say hello.