CSA CxO Trust Initiative Debuts
May 24, 2021
CSA CxO Trust is a first-of-a-kind initiative that will bring together a
community of C-suite executives to evolve cloud and cybersecurity
understanding, knowledge, and needed solutions in response to enterprise
Aimed at C-level leaders from various industry sectors with a vested
interest in the successful evolution of cloud infrastructures and other
related services, the CSA CxO Trust will spearhead, shape, and influence
related security mappings and benchmarks. The leaders will also work
together to develop practical privacy and governance models, training
and certificate programs, mentorship and hiring best practices, wider
regulatory/legislative programs, and product and services development.
The program will have capabilities that are the hallmark of CSA: freely
available community-driven research, timely education, and private
collaboration among peers.
“We seek to improve the quality of the dialogue between CISOs, IT
executives, other members of the C-Suite, and their respective boards of
directors around the fundamental topics of cloud and cybersecurity.
Cloud is now the top and enduring information technology priority. Who
better than CSA to bring a fresh approach to providing the right data in
the right context regarding cloud and cybersecurity to the boardroom?”
said Jim Reavis, co-founder and CEO, Cloud Security Alliance. “A recent
CSA survey found that 47 percent of organizations in the cloud are
concerned about their staff’s lack of cloud expertise. Our belief is
that a similar gap exists within leadership, and we intend to address
Eventually compartmentalized by vertical market and region, the CSA CxO
Trust will guide research initiatives, use-cases, sector-specific
service provider surveys/needs, templates, benchmarks, and more.
Additionally, the group will also seek to influence and guide the
codification of cloud expertise needed in organizations today.
have interviewed a large number of CISOs and other C-level stakeholders
about their pain points in preparation for this initiative and are
identifying common themes, such as managing third-party risk, effective
board presentations, cloud compliance, and quantifying the value of
cybersecurity to the business. CSA’s access to a strong, well-rooted
community of C-level leaders from different sectors will help to drive
solutions for these pain points,” said CSA President Illena Armstrong.
A fundamental research whitepaper for this initiative will be our
regularly updated Top Cloud Priorities for CxOs. A preliminary list of
priorities has been developed and is available for download here. It
will be used as a foundation for the CSA CxO Trust Working Group, which
will commence in Q3 2021.
The first phase of the program will see the establishment of the CxO
Trust Advisory Council. Composed of C-level executives from CSA
corporate members, the group will be called upon to contribute to and
advise on the overall strategy and roadmap of this broad-based program’s
offerings. In addition to guiding the CxO Trust and its related
offerings, the Council also will be asked to help steer the
aforementioned Working Group.