The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI (News - Alert)) to advance cloud computing security and build capabilities that will accelerate the development of the cloud ecosystem in Hong Kong.
CSA 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
As part of the pact, the CSA and ASTRI will collaborate on applied cloud security research in order to more effectively integrate industry and academia efforts into a joint framework that fosters trusted cloud computing initiatives in Hong Kong and the Greater China region.
Officials with CSA said that the first joint research project that the two organizations are planning will be CloudCERT, a CSA initiative to enable the optimization of Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) functionality within cloud computing, with the establishment of the APAC CloudCERT operational base based in Hong Kong.
“CSA research activities in Hong Kong will be a focal point for encouraging ‘technopreneurship’ across the APAC region and should serve to support an innovation hub for cloud computing security,” said Aloysius Cheang, managing director at CSA APAC, in a statement.
Cheang said that CSA’s presence in Hong Kong will also serve as a central gateway for CSA corporate members looking to establish a presence in Hong Kong and Greater China region.
“We very much welcome the opportunities to collaborate with CSA. I hope our joint effort can contribute to the advancement of cloud security and facilitate the adoption of cloud computing in Hong Kong and the region,” said Dr Cheung Nim-kwan, chief executive officer of ASTRI.
Daniel Lai, the HK government chief information officer said that this new partnership arrangement is complementary to the efforts of the government to facilitate and drive cloud computing development and adoption in Hong Kong.
“The government established an expert group on Cloud computing services and standards in April this year. CSA HK and Macau Chapter and ASTRI are both represented in the expert group,” said Lai.
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