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CA Decides to Join Cloud Computing Trade Group

Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) adds another big name to membership list

Security at Cloud Expo

The San Francisco-based Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) has added CA into the mix, increasing its roster of major players.

The CSA stemmed from discussions at a Cisco event in late 2008, and is dedicated to promoting security best practices within cloud computing. It seems that only Oracle is among the missing major technology vendors to date.

The CSA has also yet to add Amazon, eBay, Google, or Yahoo! -- potential major cloud providers all -- to its roster.

In any case, CA plans to add its identity and access management knowledge to the alliance’s initiatives and working groups, and provide input into the next release of the alliance’s Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing. Matthew Gardiner, CA's director of security and compliance, said the company will work with other alliance members including technology vendors, customers and cloud providers to sort through the security issues, educate would-be cloud adopters and address the real issues.

“It’s no secret that one of the big areas of concern, both rational and perhaps irrational, about cloud is related to security and management because organizations are putting things where they hadn’t before, applications and data,” said Gardiner. The area of identity and access management is “underserved” in the cloud, according to a report on Gardiner's views.

More Stories By Roger Strukhoff

Roger Strukhoff (@IoT2040) is Executive Director of the Tau Institute for Global ICT Research, with offices in Illinois and Manila. He is Conference Chair of @CloudExpo & @ThingsExpo, and Editor of SYS-CON Media's CloudComputing BigData & IoT Journals. He holds a BA from Knox College & conducted MBA studies at CSU-East Bay.

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