GovDefenders | An Interview with the President of the Cloud Security Alliance DC

John Nicholson is the President of the Washington D.C. Metro Chapter of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and will be one of the keynote speakers during this year's GovDefenders Cybersecurity Virtual Event. More and more IT decision makers are evaluating security before deploying to the cloud.  In his talk - Security and Legal Issues in Cloud Adoption - John tackles how you can set requirements and measure security and how secure is data in the cloud. You'll also learn what you need to know about the differences between negotiating contracts with traditional outsourcing providers and cloud services providers. John will also cover:

  • Cloud Computing – Today and the Future
  • How Secure is Data in the Cloud?
  • e-Discovery and Subpoenas in the Cloud
  • Contracting for Cloud Services
  • Best Practices for Data in the Cloud

In preparation for the big event, we briefly interviewed John about cloud computing. Watch the video to learn more about John, his talk, and his answers on:

  • What resources can the Federal cloud community tap into regarding contracting and best practices?
  • How can cloud providers leverage the CSA's Cloud Controls Matrix and are there any currently leveraging it?







Register today!







The GovDefenders Cybersecurity Virtual Event is a free online conference focused on the public sector. Join us from your desk on Wednesday, April 24 as professionals from leading IT companies, including NetApp, Symantec, ForeScout, Red Hat, Quest Software, SolarWinds, and DLT Solutions, as we discuss trends, best practices, and the future of public sector cybersecurity.

Eight Breakout Sessions

During eight educational sessions, you’ll learn from experts as they offer perspectives and share experiences on the following critical topics:

  • The Shared Security Model
  • Cloud Security
  • On-Premise Information Security
  • Continuous Monitoring
  • Enabling Trust
  • Real World “Cyberpain”

Keynote Speakers

John Nicholson is only one of our two keynote speakers. The other is Jim Wiggins, Founder and Executive Director of the Federal IT Security Institute who will be presenting, Building the Next Generation of Cyber Defenders:  Cross-Training Wounded Warriors to help Protect and Defend the Nation’s Information Systems. This presentation will discuss an advanced training and assessment program currently in development by the Federal IT Security Institute to arm our wounded warriors with technical skills that supplement their existing dedication, patience, and devotion to duty, thereby strengthening national cyber defenses.

Featured Panel

Our featured panel - Similarities and Differences Between On-Premise Enterprise Security and Public Cloud Security - will be moderation by Van Ristau, Chief Technology Officer at DLT. The panelists include:

  • Scott Armstrong, Strategic Programs, Symantec
  • Lee Vorthman, CISSP, Cyber Practice Lead, U.S. Public Sector, NetApp
  • David Blankenhorn, Chief Cloud Technologist, DLT Solutions