Recently, I was privileged to attend and present at the 2015 CSO50 Security Confab + Awards in Florida. This event, organized by CSO Magazine, brought together hundreds of Chief Information Security Officers and other executives from many organizations across the US. I had the chance to meet with many of the attendees to discuss their top-of-mind security concerns, particularly when considering adopting cloud services.
The topics we covered varied, with two consistent themes emerging:
- Does moving to the cloud help an organization’s security profile?, and
- The notion of eDiscovery fitting into their existing process [eDiscovery, or electronic discovery, is the process used by organizations to find, preserve, analyze, and package electronic content (also referred to as electronically stored information) for a legal request or investigation.]
The “Security Confab” featured a fascinating mix of 30-minute presentations and unique, 18-minute “flash” presentations. This fast-paced approach worked well in helping to keep the audience engaged, and further spurring a range of follow-up conversations afterwards.
As noted, this was also an opportunity to award exemplary organizations and individuals who are making a difference in the industry by helping to improve security and data protection for many of our customers. I would like to congratulate all of the CSO50 Awards Honorees for their contributions. Well done! You can find a list of the Honorees at this website.
My colleagues and I are continually engaging with organizations in a number of cities across the US through our series, “Transparency & Trust in the Cloud”, where we discuss many of the same issues covered at the CSO50 Confab—read my recent blog on the latest events in Kansas City, St. Louis and Minneapolis.
If you are a CIO, CISO, General Counsel, or operations leader in an enterprise organization and would like to learn more about the Microsoft approach to building the industry’s most trustworthy cloud, please reach out to your account team and inquire.
I’d like to thank those customers who shared their time with me during the CSO50 Security Confab, and look forward to meeting others at future events.