NEW YORK, May 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- PwC US today announced it has joined the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) as a corporate member. The CSA is a coalition of industry practitioners, corporations, associations and other key stakeholders who promote the use of leading practices for providing security assurance within cloud computing. PwC is pleased to begin its membership by hosting the inaugural meeting of the CSA's NY Metro Chapter on May 17, 2011, from 6pm to 8pm, at the firm's office on 300 Madison Avenue.
PwC's membership in the CSA supports the firm's leadership in helping organizations leverage cloud computing, particularly in the critical area of helping to assure the security of cloud services. As organizations move to the cloud to meet increased demands for greater agility, deliver solutions at faster speeds and reduce costs, PwC is committed to devising innovative and leading enterprise-wide cloud strategies for its clients.
"Not only do we want to continue leading the industry, but PwC wants to be involved with educating stakeholders on the most important issues and opportunities within the cloud," said Cara Beston, Risk Assurance partner at PwC. "Given our extensive experience working with cloud users and technology providers on sensitive and complex issues around the cloud, like compliance and control issues around, security, availability, privacy, and regulatory oversight, we help companies benefit from cloud technologies in a controlled environment."
As a member of the CSA, PwC will help promote an understanding between consumers and providers of cloud computing regarding governance, risk and compliance methods for addressing controls audit and compliance issues. They will also promote independent research into leading practices for the cloud; launch awareness campaigns on the appropriate uses of cloud computing; and contribute to a consensus list of issues and guidance for cloud assurance.
"The CSA is thrilled to have PwC as a member of the alliance," Jim Reavis, Executive Director of the CSA, said. "We believe their perspective on cloud computing will benefit the alliance and help drive the mission of our organization."
About the Cloud Security Alliance
The Cloud Security Alliance is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within cloud computing, and to provide 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. For further information, visit us at www.cloudsecurityalliance.org, and follow us on Twitter @cloudsa.
About PwC and Cloud Computing
Cloud computing has business transformation implications beyond technology. Businesses looking for new strategic options with the potential to spur innovation, time-to-market and organizational flexibility should consider cloud computing as their next competitive advantage. To learn more about how PwC can help organizations address the risks and advantages of cloud, from strategy through execution, visit pwc.com/us/cloud.
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