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Transparency & Trust in the Cloud Series: Mountain View, California

April 28th, 2015 No comments

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I was in Silicon Valley recently speaking at another Transparency & Trust in the Cloud event. Thank-you very much to all the customers that made time to join us at the Microsoft campus in Mountain View, California! This was another very well attended event with numerous large enterprise customers located in the vicinity in attendance.

Like all the Transparency and Trust events prior to this one, I learned from the attendees what their expectations are for a Cloud Service Provider when it comes to security, privacy and compliance. We had several lively discussions on a range of topics. These are some of the themes that emerged during our discussions:

  • How do customers move data from existing on-premise applications into new applications in the Cloud?
  • What compliance artifacts does Microsoft provide to its Cloud customers?
  • Does Microsoft provide architectural diagrams of what its cloud services look like to its customers?
  • What process does Microsoft use for incident response in the Cloud?

My next stop on this tour is San Diego on April 14th and there are still a few other opportunities to learn more about Microsoft’s approach to building the industry’s most trustworthy Cloud. Please refer to the Transparency & Trust Series event schedule. As always, your Microsoft account team is available if you have any questions about these events.

Tim Rains
Chief Security Advisor
WW Cybersecurity & Data Protection, Microsoft

Transparency & Trust in the Cloud Series: Omaha and Des Moines

April 8th, 2015 No comments

I was in Omaha and Des Moines last week speaking at more Transparency & Trust in the Cloud events. The events in Omaha and Des Moines were very well attended; thank you very much to all the customers that made time to join us. The feedback from the CIOs, CISOs, attorneys, and IT professionals that attended has been very positive.

Dennis Garcia, Assistant General Counsel from Legal and Corporate Affairs at Microsoft talking with customers at a Transparency & Trust in the Cloud Series event in Des Moines

Dennis Garcia, Assistant General Counsel from Legal and Corporate Affairs at Microsoft talking with customers at the Transparency & Trust in the Cloud Series event in Des Moines

I learn from the customers attending these events as much as they learn from the speakers. The themes that emerged during the conversations in Omaha and Des Moines included:

  • Is Microsoft’s plan to get every compliance certification and attestation possible in every country/region where it does business?
  • Does Microsoft sign Business Associate Agreements?
  • How does Microsoft help its customers during incident response investigations?
  • What are best practices for managing crisis communications during and after a breach?
  • What is Microsoft doing to help governments craft public policy for cybersecurity?

My next stops on this tour are Mountain View on April 16th, and San Diego on May 14th. If you are an enterprise customer and would like to learn more about Microsoft’s approach to building the industry’s most trustworthy Cloud, check out the current Transparency & Trust in the Cloud event schedule and please reach out to your account team to find out if one of these events is coming to your area in the future.

I’m also speaking at the RSA Conference 2015 in San Francisco on April 21st – if you are attending the conference, please check out some of the Microsoft sessions.

California here I come!

Building Trust in the Cloud: The CSO50 Security Confab + Awards

March 9th, 2015 No comments

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.

CSO50 Presentation

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.