SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), the world's leading organization dedicated to defining and raising awareness of best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment, today announced the recipients of its fifth annual Ron Knode Service Award, recognizing six members from the Americas, Asia-Pacific and EMEA regions for their excellence in volunteerism. The honorees were selected by the CSA executive team and chosen based on their valuable contributions towards fulfilling CSA's mission of promoting best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment.
Ron Knode was an information security expert and member of the CSA family who passed away in May 2012. He is remembered as an innovative thinker with endless energy and humor to guide his volunteer contributions. He also was the creator of the CSA Cloud Trust Protocol, which today remains an important asset for the continuous monitoring and auditing for cloud assurance and transparency certification. Established in 2012, the Ron Knode Service Award is awarded to CSA members on an annual basis whose contributions reflect Ron's passion for volunteerism and embody the spirit for which this award was established.
"The six individuals that we are recognizing today epitomize Ron's spirit of tireless efforts and commitment to volunteerism. In his honor, we congratulate and thank them for their vast commitment to promoting and defining best practices in the cloud to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment globally," said Jim Reavis, CEO of the CSA. "We will always remember Ron's energy, humor and incredible generosity. CSA is grateful for his hard work and dedication, and we continue to benefit from his commitment and passion."
This year's six recipients are:
Juanita Koilpillai, CSA Americas: Juanita Koilpillai is the Founder and CEO of Waverley Labs, elevating IT Security to C-level executives and managers to ensure on-line business processes are trusted and helping small technology companies develop their product potential. She is a member of the CSA Software Defined Perimeter Working Group and contributed to Spec 1.0 and 2.0. She is currently leading the open source software defined perimeter effort after securing funding from DHS to launch the effort specifically for distributed denial of service attacks, with the first version of the open source software defined perimeter now available to the CSA members. Juanita presented "An Open Source Software Defined Perimeter" at the Cloud Security Alliance Federal Summit in May 2016 and at the Berlin Conference in November 2015.
Brian Russell, CSA Americas: Brian Russell is a Chief Engineer focused on Cyber Security Solutions for Leidos. He oversees the design and development of security solutions and the implementation of privacy and trust controls for customers. Brian leads efforts that include security engineering for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and Connected Cars, the design of secure next- generation energy systems (microgrids) and the development of high assurance cryptographic key management systems. He supports the Center for Internet Security as a member of the 20 Critical Security Controls Editorial Panel and represents the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) on the FCC Technological Advisory Council on IoT. He also serves as Chair of the CSA Internet of Things (IoT) Working Group and lead author of the report 'Designing and Developing Secure IoT Products' and the 'Practical Internet of Things (IoT) Security.'
Anthony Lim, CSA APAC: Anthony Lim is the Director of Marketing Strategy for Asia Pacific at Cloud Security Alliance and an independent cybersecurity professional services consultant, advocating, researching, lecturing and auditing various cloud security and smart cities opportunities. He has led various initiatives and activities at CSA including speaking at numerous seminars and conferences in Asia Pacific in 2016 and acting at the first CCSP instructor in Asia Pacific. He previously was on the Board of Directors for CSA's Singapore Chapter, was a member of the CSA-ICS2 JTA committee that build the CCSP, chaired Trend Micro at CloudSec 2016. Anthony has also appeared on several TV news shows representing CSA including Singapore Chinese Channel and the BBC.
Eric Wang, CSA APAC: Eric Wang is the current CEO of TanoSecure Inc., a holding company supporting emerging technology companies founded by visionaries in the ICT industry. He currently serves as the cybersecurity advisor to the Taiwanese government and has played an instrumental role in the development of multiple technology start-ups. He is the current Co-Chair of the CSA Mobile Application Security Testing Working Group leading efforts on the design and development of a mobile application development certification program.
Bruno Huttner, CSA EMEA: Bruno Huttner is the Product Manager for Quantum Key Distribution Products at ID Quantique, where he develops next-generation encryption, and especially quantum key distribution systems. He is also responsible for a project aimed at providing secure communications with satellites and high altitudes platforms. Bruno is Co-Chair of the Quantum-Safe Security Working Group at the CSA. Leading the group over the past 18 months, he has contributed heavily to the four papers published from the working group. He has been very active at various conferences, including presenting the Safe Security Working Group material at numerous CSA events. Bruno has also participated in CSA's EMEA Congress in Berlin last year and RSA in San Francisco this past March, where he organized and chaired a panel session.
Andreas Fuchsberger, CSA EMEA: Andreas Fuchsberger is the Regional Standards Officer for Central and Eastern Europe in Microsoft's Corporate Standards Group. Andreas participates in the internationalal standards community, predominantyly attending ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 17 (Security) as an invited expert. Currently for SC 27 he is the editor of two international standards on network security and SIEM. He is a member of the (ISC)2 Application Security Advisory Board where he also chairs the International Standards Committee. He Co-Chairs the CSA Internatiional Standards Councils where he is liaison officer to ITU-T SGs 13 and 17 and chairs the CSA's Open Certification Framework (OCF) working group.
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