Transparency & Trust in the Cloud Series: Mountain View, California

I was in Silicon Valley recently speaking at another Transparency & Trust in the Cloud event. Thank-you very much to all the customers that made time to join us at the Microsoft campus in Mountain View, California! This was another very well attended event with numerous large enterprise customers located in the vicinity in attendance. Like all the Transparency and Trust events prior to this one, I learned from the … Read more »

A cornerstone to trust in technology – compliance – proves foundational as more U.S. government organizations adopt cloud services

Government agencies want the economic benefits of cloud computing, but this alone isn’t always enough to make the case for change. To move forward, decision makers want to understand the security, privacy and compliance commitments of their cloud service provider. We continue to track and complete a number of attestations and compliance certifications, confirming controls are in place that help enable cloud solutions for government organizations. And, while compliance represents … Read more »

Transparency & Trust in the Cloud Series: Omaha and Des Moines

I was in Omaha and Des Moines last week speaking at more Transparency & Trust in the Cloud events. The events in Omaha and Des Moines were very well attended; thank you very much to all the customers that made time to join us. The feedback from the CIOs, CISOs, attorneys, and IT professionals that attended has been very positive. I learn from the customers attending these events as much … Read more »

RSA Conference 2015: Enhancing Cloud Trust

RSA Conference USA 2015 is just a few weeks away (April 20-24) in San Francisco. Given the numerous noteworthy cybersecurity events that have occurred over the last 12 months, I expect this conference to be well attended, yet again! Once more, Microsoft is a Diamond sponsor, and Scott Charney, Corporate Vice President, Trustworthy Computing, will deliver a keynote at the conference. His keynote, entitled “Enhancing Cloud Trust,” will be delivered Tuesday, April … Read more »

VOTE for Microsoft Crowdsourced RSA Sessions

RSA Conference is trying something a little different this year to form a full track of sessions that are voted on directly by you. Anyone can vote, but registered delegate votes count a bit more. Microsoft has proposed seven additional sessions – so click on the title below and vote! A pragmatic approach to evaluate cloud security Placing data in the cloud doesn’t have be same as losing control over … Read more »

Transparency & Trust in the Cloud Series: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit

I had the opportunity to speak at three additional Transparency & Trust in the Cloud events last week in Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Detroit. These were the latest in the series that Microsoft is hosting, inviting customers to participate in select cities across the US. For me personally, these events provide the opportunity to connect with customers in each city and learn which security and privacy challenges are top of mind for them. In … Read more »

Experts: Don’t blame the victims of youth ‘selfies’

It’s a mistake to blame young people who take sexually explicit photos or videos of themselves when those images end up being redistributed over the Internet, according to experts who gathered in London this week to discuss a new study by the U.K.-based Internet Watch Foundation (IWF). It’s also a mistake to assume that the images, sometimes referred to as “selfies,” were taken voluntarily by the children who appear in … Read more »

Cloud computing and government: understanding security and resiliency benefits

Around the world, governments are looking to cloud computing to help them meet their goals. On February 12, I published a blog post within which I highlighted that, in recent years, more than 50 governments have published strategies or initiatives that focus on cloud computing. As I described, their approaches to cloud adoption vary. However, certain government perspectives consistently emerge. For instance, many governments devote considerable space to articulating the benefits … Read more »

ABB Automation & Power World 2015 – Cybersecurity in the evolving threat landscape

In early March, I had the fortunate opportunity to speak at the ABB Automation & Power World 2015 conference in Houston, TX. This event is like a “Disneyland” for critical infrastructure providers (CIPs)! This was my first time attending the bi-annual event and I was blown away by the innovative power and automation technologies that ABB and others had on display on the show floor—everything from electric cars to the … Read more »

Building Trust in the Cloud: The CSO50 Security Confab + Awards

Recently, I was privileged to attend and present at the 2015 CSO50 Security Confab + Awards in Florida. This event, organized by CSO Magazine, brought together hundreds of Chief Information Security Officers and other executives from many organizations across the US. I had the chance to meet with many of the attendees to discuss their top-of-mind security concerns, particularly when considering adopting cloud services. The topics we covered varied, with … Read more »