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The Greater Seattle Chapter of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within Cloud Computing in the Pacific Northwest, and provide education on the uses of Cloud Computing to help service providers and customers be secure in the Cloud.

As with any new technology, there are many questions and a need to establish standard protocols.  Cloud computing offers significant benefits, including meaningful cost savings, global accessibility and almost infinite scalability.  The Greater Seattle Chapter of CSA both promotes the promise of the Cloud and ensures it delivers on that promise with education and development of standards for security protocols.

The Greater Seattle Chapter began in late 2010, led by Vivek Bhatnagar and Marc Pinotti, with our first Chapter Meeting held March 24th 2011.  Our membership since then has grown to include corporate sponsors and over 400 executive and senior level security, compliance, and IT professionals from throughout the entire Pacific Northwest, Western Canada, and Alaska.

The Chapter provides a venue for our Members to network, share ideas and research, as well as educational opportunities through quarterly seminars and monthly Chapter meetings that feature presentations by industry experts about Cloud issues, security, and technology.

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History of the Cloud Security Alliance

The issues and opportunities of cloud computing gained considerable notice in 2008 within the information security community. At the ISSA CISO Forum in Las Vegas, in November of 2008, the concept of the Cloud Security Alliance was born. Following a presentation of emerging trends by Jim Reavis that included a call for action for securing cloud computing, Reavis and Nils Puhlmann outlined the initial mission and strategy of the CSA. A series of organizational meetings with industry leaders in early December 2008 formalized the founding of the CSA. Our outreach to the information security community to create our initial work product for the 2009 RSA Conference resulted in dozens of volunteers to research, author, edit and review our first white paper.

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