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Cloud Security Alliance moves into Asia Pacific

The Cloud Security Alliance has branched out into Asia Pacific with Trend Micro as founding sponsor and has appointed Aloysius Cheang, Trend Micro's Asia Pacific strategy advisor, as managing director Asia Pacific.

The Cloud Security Alliance is a not-for-profit organisation 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. It is led by a broad coalition of industry practitioners, corporations, associations and other key stakeholders.

Trend Micro will also be the first security company within APAC to chair the CSA executive council.

"The dynamism of the cloud computing market and its exponential adoption across Asia Pacific has created a growing sense of urgency among organisations to take a hard look at cloud security," said Cheang.

"Asia Pacific plays a critical role in the future of cloud computing, and a stronger physical presence for CSA in this region will help us provide greater access and support to governments, businesses and our rapidly growing members and partners in the region."

He added: "Trend Micro...has been and will be a crucial partner in strengthening CSA's presence within this region. We are pleased to have this opportunity to recognise Trend Micro's role.

CSA says it "currently enjoys a close following in the region with country and city-specific chapters and chapters-in-development in ten countries including Australia, China (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan), India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Thailand, New Zealand, Pakistan, and Singapore."

The organisation also announced a series of goals and initiatives specific tor Asia Pacific. These include:
- selection of APAC headquarters location, to be completed in Q2 2012;
- engaging regional key stakeholders including government, legal experts, service providers, technology providers and consumers;
- customising/developing relevant best practices and standards for the APAC market;
- centre of excellence for research and training;
- establishment of global standards secretariat within APAC;
- serving as a regional hub for corporate members looking to bridge the gap between the West and the East;
- serving as a cloud operations magnet for corporate members and providing support for emerging growth members.

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