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Cloud Security Alliance Announces Federal Summit 2019 Speaker Line-up

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The Cloud
Security Alliance
(CSA), the world’s leading organization dedicated
to defining and raising awareness of best practices to help ensure a
secure cloud computing environment, is pleased to announce the speaker
line-up for the fifth annual CSA
Federal Summit
(Washington, D.C., May 7). Vivek Kundra, the nation’s
first Chief Information Officer (2009-2011), will be the featured
speaker and will address Leading Change and the Challenges of
Transformation, during which he will share his experience leading change
across the world’s largest consumer of information technology—the U.S.
government—and the lessons every organization can use when leading a
transformation in a change-averse environment.

As the nation’s first Chief Information Officer, Kundra was faced with
the tremendous challenge of leading the federal government’s information
technology bureaucracy at a time when cutting costs, increasing
efficiency and driving innovation was of paramount importance. Having
managed the $80B federal technology budget, his efforts yielded
significant progress in transforming the way technology is purchased and
managed by bringing best-in-class private sector solutions to solve
massive public sector inefficiencies.

“We’re excited that Vivek Kundra will be on hand to share what he
learned during the three years he served as the CIO for the United
States, and during which time he created a highly transparent, efficient
and accountable environment focused on making systems and information
useful to the public. Combined with other fantastic speakers and
sessions, the CSA Federal Summit promises to provide attendees with
perspectives on the Federal cloud computing strategy, civilian and
defense agency cloud security standards, and real-world implementation
experience with state-of-the-art cloud security architectures,” said Jim
Reavis, co-founder and CEO, Cloud Security Alliance.

This informative, one-day summit is expected to draw over 200
information security professionals from civilian and defense agencies,
as well as innovators in cloud security who will share case studies,
lessons learned and new technologies that promote secure implementation
of cloud computing to support agency missions. Additional sessions

  • A Data-Driven Blueprint to Scaling Cloud Operations Security.
    Mohit Kalra, Director, Cloud Operations Security, Adobe
  • State of Federal Cloud Security: A Practitioner’s Perspective.
    Mari Spina, Principal Cyber Security Engineer, MITRE
  • Regaining Our Lost Visibility. Michael Quealy, Vice President,
    Public Sector, Qualys
  • A Walk in the Clouds: Zero Trust Security for a Cloud World.
    Sean Frazier, Advisory CISO, Federal, Duo Security
  • Security Profile from the Bank Policy Institute. Kenice
    Middleton, Senior Vice President, Technology & Cybersecurity Risk
  • Ensuring the Integrity and Availability of Services in the Cloud.
    Archana Kesavan, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Thousand Eyes
  • Update on CSA DC Chapter Events and Research. Anil Karmel,
    President, CSA DC Chapter

Attendees will also benefit from the combined knowledge and experience
of top industry executives, during the following panel discussions:

  • FedRAMP (Moderator: Ashley Mahan Moderator, Acting Director,
    FedRAMP & Secure Cloud Portfolio Moderator). This panel will focus on
    changes to the program that have been recently implements or are
    in-process. These improvements are all aimed at addressing the time
    and cost of obtaining a FedRAMP certification.
  • Implementing Cloud Services in Challenging Environment.
    (Moderator, John Yeoh, Research Director, Americas Region, Cloud
    Security Alliance. Panelists: Michael Coleman, Federal Solutions
    Architect, F5 Networks; Michael Pitcher, Vice President, Coalfire
    Federal; John Davis, Vice President, Federal Chief Security Officer,
    Palo Alto Networks; and Stephen Kovac, Vice President, Global
    Government and Compliance, Zscaler). Panelists will discuss the
    development and implementation of standards for cloud solutions and
    overcoming the challenges related to regulation, funding, politics,
    and governance for the secure adoption of cloud services and solutions.

The CSA Federal Summit will take place on May 7 (8 am to 5 pm) at the
Marriott Metro Center (775 12th Street, NW, Washington, DC).
The event is FREE for government employees (with valid form of
government ID), $150 for non-government employees ($175 on-site) and $50
for students (please bring Student ID as proof).

or register
. Members of the media and analyst community interested in
attending the event should contact Kari
for more information, to receive press credentials and to
schedule interviews with CSA leadership and conference speakers.

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, 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 diverse parties can work together to
create and maintain a trusted cloud ecosystem. For further information,
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