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Cloud security summit comes to Norway

IT directors and security professionals from across the Nordics will gather in Oslo on 15 June for the first Nordic Summit from the CSA

IT directors and security professionals from across the Nordics will gather in Oslo on 15 June for the first Nordic Summit from the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA).

Keynote speakers include Jim Reavis, co-founder and CEO of the Cloud Security Alliance, and Raj Samani, chief technology officer (CTO) at McAfee Europe, Middle-East and Africa.

“I’m going to share the current trends and where I believe the opportunities lie for companies looking to leverage cloud computing,” said Samani. 

“Cloud computing offers a great opportunity to every business. It allows them to be more productive, more innovative and more profitable,” he said. 

According to Samani, cloud computing is moving towards the management of critical data for critical environments, but he is wary of the risks that come with the opportunity. 

“When using external cloud providers, security risks must be fully understood and properly addressed,” he said. 

“This conference is imperative to security professionals and those in the cloud business to understand the future direction of cloud computing and, most importantly, how to maintain the level of trust your customers have in your business,” he added.

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Also on stage will be Thom Langford, director of Sapient’s global security office and award-winning security blogger, while Jim Reavis, Ramsés Gallego of Dell Software and Torgeir Waterhouse of ICT Norway take part in a panel discussion entitled Cloud, Health and the Future.

The event is hosted by the CSA Norway branch, which was established in 2010 and is the most active branch in the region. It was originally planned as a Norway event, but the focus of the conference widened as the other chapters in the region weren’t planning to host their own events.

“There will be sessions suitable for both security practitioners and those working at a strategic level,” said event spokesperson Rolf Frydenberg.

“Many companies are investigating or are already using cloud-based services, but there’s a lot of misinformation about data security, so we want to discuss and promote best practice security standards,” he said. “For example, the CSA publishes a Cloud Controls Matrix, which is a guide that helps IT professionals make sense of the different security standards and understand what is relevant to them.”

After the conference there is an optional day of training for the Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK), a CSA-created certification programme recognised worldwide. Leading the training is Lars Neupart, founder and CEO of Neupart AS, an information security management company based in Copenhagen.

The CSA Nordic Summit will take place at the Vulcan Arena, a short distance from Oslo’s city centre.

The Cloud Security Alliance is a non-profit organisation that promotes the use of best practices for providing security assurance in cloud computing, and provides education on the uses of cloud computing to help secure all other forms of computing. The Cloud Security Alliance is led by a broad coalition of industry practitioners, corporations, associations and other key stakeholders.

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