In March, Jim Reavis stepped up and took the reins of the newly formed Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), accepting the executive director role and what would be an educational crusade to promote best practices to those flying into the cloud.

He brings that crusade to the Cloud Identity Summit (CIS) 2010, where he will lead a session entitled: Cloud Security Alliance; Guidance.
 
“To me, identity is the No. 1 enabler for accelerating cloud adoption,” he said. “If you don’t have a plan with a good identity strategy that goes out to cloud services then there are risks.”
 
Reavis says he will explore those risks at CIS 2010 along with other topics around audit and compliance issues.
He will address those issues from both the enterprise angle and the service provider angle. “And I will take a stab at public policy and an identity bill of rights take on the issues,” he said. “For example, why do I need to give up my full ID if I just want to buy movies tickets on line.”
 
CSA’s message and goals are hitting a nerve. Since its official launch in April, the group has added seven new members along with chapters in Japan, Brazil and Spain among other countries.
 
Reavis is a founding member of CSA along with many others including Cisco’s director of cloud and virtualization Christofer Hoff, who is also at CIS 2010 conducting a workshop on cloud security issues.
(note: Ping CTO Patrick Harding is a member of the Board of Directors).
 
CSA is a not-for-profit organization that promotes best practices for cloud computing, and provides education on the uses of the emerging technology as it relates to securing other forms of computing.
 
Reavis has worked in the information security industry as an entrepreneur, writer, speaker, technologist and business strategist, and SearchCloudComputing.com recently named him as one of the Top 10 cloud computing leaders.
 
Reavis has previously been an international board member of the ISSA; and he was a co-founder of the Alliance for Enterprise Security Risk Management, a partnership formed to address the enterprise risk issues associated with the convergence of logical and traditional security.
 
He is the founder of Reavis Consulting Group, LLC.
 
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