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Cloud Security Alliance Selects Singapore as Site for Corporate Headquarters, Continues APAC Expansion Initiative


CSA and Singapore Government undertake long-term public-private partnership to further the security of cloud computing

SINGAPORE, July 19 — The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) today announced the establishment of the new CSA corporate headquarters in Singapore, under an effort led by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), and founding APAC sponsor Trend Micro. The CSA will undertake a three-year strategic private-public partnership with support from the Singapore government to further the security of cloud computing. As part of the agreement, the CSA will establish a Global Research Centre, Global Standards Secretariat, and Global Centre of Excellence for CCSK training and education in Singapore.

"After a highly competitive process, with interest from many candidates in the region, we are pleased to have selected Singapore as the key hub for CSA activities in the APAC region," said Aloysius Cheang, Managing Director Asia Pacific for the CSA. "EDB and IDA have demonstrated a great commitment to the CSA presence in APAC, which will be highly beneficial to our members in the region, and elevate Singapore as a global hub for cloud computing security."

The CSA will play a strategic role helping CSA corporate members to establish and enhance their presence in APAC, using Singapore as an operational base if desired. CSA will introduce members into various support and collaboration efforts of the Singapore government through EDB and IDA, which will be customized to support CSA corporate members' business activities in Singapore, and provide access to the vast business opportunities in Singapore and APAC. In addition, CSA will provide corporate members of Singaporean or APAC origins with access to business opportunities and partnerships globally.

"Cloud security is an important focal area for Singapore. IDA is pleased to support the Cloud Security Alliance in setting up its corporate headquarters in Singapore. The CSA will not only promote best practices, drive standards and encourage innovative applications and services in the arena of cloud security, it can also use its global network to facilitate development collaboration opportunities for Singapore infocomm enterprises. Such initiatives complement our efforts to encourage cloud adoption and develop capabilities in cloud security," said Mr. Andrew Khaw, Senior Director, Industry Development Group of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA).

Jim Reavis, Co-Founder and Executive Director for the CSA, said, "Singapore has historically been a leader in international commerce. Cloud computing at its core must function as a borderless, global utility that functions seamlessly across geographies yet supports jurisdictional requirements. The Cloud Security Alliance finds Singapore to be an ideal partner to help build a trusted, stable and innovative cloud ecosystem."

"The Cloud Security Alliance plays an invaluable role in bringing corporations and key stakeholders together in promoting cloud security and we are delighted that the CSA has chosen to set up their new corporate headquarters in Singapore," said Mr. Gian Yi-Hsen, Director of the Safety & Security Industry Programme Office, Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). "CSA's corporate headquarters in Singapore strengthens our position as the focal point for cloud security best practices, research and development. We expect the joint effort to create new platforms and drive innovation in cloud security solutions."

Founding sponsor Trend Micro, a global cloud security leader, will be the first security company within APAC to chair the CSA Asia Pacific Executive Council.

"Following the CSA's announcement of its intention to establish its headquarters and its founding partnership with Trend Micro in Asia Pacific earlier this year, we are delighted that Singapore has been chosen as the site for its headquarters. As a diverse region, we believe CSA's presence will enable organizations to build and implement standards in cloud security and achieve a higher return on their cloud investments. Trend Micro works closely with governments, industry associations and enterprises across the world to improve virtualisation and cloud data security and it is committed to assisting CSA as it begins its journey in Singapore. On behalf of its corporate members in Asia Pacific, we congratulate the CSA for this historic milestone achievement," said Ken Low, Chairman of CSA Asia Pacific Executive Council and Asia Pacific Director of Enterprise Security for Trend Micro.

The CSA enjoys a close following in APAC 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, Philippines and Singapore. Continuing on its mission to promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within Cloud Computing, and provide education on the uses of Cloud Computing to help secure all other forms of computing, CSA has announced a series of goals and initiatives specifically for Asia Pacific, in addition to those announced above. These include engaging regional key stakeholders, including government, legal experts, service providers, technology providers and consumers, customizing and developing relevant best practices and standards for the APAC market.

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 the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is committed to growing Singapore into a dynamic global Infocomm hub. IDA uses an integrated approach to developing infocommunications in Singapore. This involves nurturing a competitive telecoms market as well as a conducive business environment with programmes and schemes for both local and international companies. For more news and information, visit www.ida.gov.sg.

About the Singapore Economic Development Board
The Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) is the lead government agency for planning and executing strategies to enhance Singapore's position as a global business centre. EDB dreams, designs and delivers solutions that create value for investors and companies in Singapore. Our mission is to create for Singapore, sustainable economic growth with vibrant business and good job opportunities. EDB's "Host to Home" strategy articulates how we are positioning Singapore for the future. It is about extending Singapore's value proposition to businesses not just to help them improve their bottom line, but also to help them grow their top line through establishing and deepening strategic activities in Singapore to drive their business, innovation and talent objectives in Asia and globally. For more information on EDB, visit www.sedb.com.

About Trend Micro

Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704) (TSE: 4704), a global cloud security leader, creates a world safe for exchanging digital information with its Internet content security and threat management solutions for businesses and consumers. A pioneer in server security with over 20 years' experience, we deliver top-ranked client, server and cloud-based security that fits our customers' and partners' needs, stops new threats faster, and protects data in physical, virtualized and cloud environments. Powered by the industry-leading Trend Micro Smart Protection Network cloud computing security infrastructure, our products and services stop threats where they emerge – from the Internet. They are supported by 1,000+ threat intelligence experts around the globe.

Additional information about Trend Micro Incorporated and the products and services are available at Trend Micro.com. This Trend Micro news release and other announcements are available at http://NewsRoom.TrendMicro.com and as part of an RSS feed at www.trendmicro.com/rss. Or follow our news on Twitter at @TrendMicro.

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Source: Cloud Security Alliance

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