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Join the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) New York Metro Chapter on Tuesday, October 16th from 5:30 – 8:30 PM at the AWS NY Loft for practical guidance on how to manage cloud security challenges and utilize advanced technologies such as Machine Learning at scale.



350 West Broadway

New York, NY 10013


5:30 – 6:00 PM – Arrival & Registration, Networking, Appetizers and Drinks

6:00 – 6:10 PM – Welcome, Announcements and Chapter Overview, Gili Lev, President & Chairman of CSA NY Metro BoD & AWS Security Advisor

6:10 – 6:45 PM – Building a State-of-the-Art “Machine Learning at Scale” Platform on the Cloud, Oscar Rodriguez, Cloud Platform Architect, BlackThorn Therapeutics

6:45 – 7:15 PM – A Journey to Securing the Cloud at Novartis, Munish Modgil, Associate Director, IS/Risk Management, Novartis

7:15 – 7:30 PM – Sponsor Recognition

7:30 – 8:30 PM – Networking & Happy Hour

About our speakers:

Oscar Rodriguez is an entrepreneurial and driven Senior Architect, responsible for driving the technology vision and implementation of next-generation Digital Platform at BlackThorn. Prior to joining BlackThorn, Oscar spent the past 25 years delivering technology strategies and solutions for a multitude of enterprise-wide initiatives across various industries. Oscar is a sought-after speaker, discussing the impact of emerging technologies including blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI), cloud and security.

Munish Modgil is an IT professional with more than 20 years of diversified experience in IT Risk, Quality Compliance Management and Audit. In his current position as Associate Director of Information Security & Risk Management at Novartis Pharmaceuticals, he manages security and compliance activities for application portfolios supporting different business domains. Prior to joining Novartis, Munish has worked at Novo Nordisk, Merck, Cendant Mortgage, and AT&T. He is an active member of ISACA NJ Chapter since 2008.

Welcome to the New York Metro Chapter of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA)!

Next Event:

Topic: CSA NY Metro Chapter Networking Event and Chapter Overview
Date: Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 at 5:30pm – 7:30 PM ET (with Networking and Happy Hour afterwards)
Location: A+E Networks Offices, 235 E 45th St, New York, NY 10017

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The CSA New York Metro Chapter is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to the Board of Directors: Gili Lev, Jim Rutt, and Dan Higham.

The Board provides leadership for carrying out the Cloud Security Alliance’s mission to promote the use of best practices for providing security and governance for Cloud Computing, and to provide education on the uses of Cloud Computing to help secure all other forms of computing.

The elected slate of board members for 2018 is as following:

  • President & Chairman – Gili Lev
  • VP of Operations/Membership/CSA Liaison/Secretary – Jim Rutt
  • VP of Finance – Brandon Wu
  • Director of Events – Dan Higham
  • Speaker Chair & Sponsorship – Jason Falciola
  • Senior Board Member – Elad Yoran

Additional leadership roles recently announced:

  • Education and Training Lead – Matthew Sharp
  • Marketing Lead – Brad Anton

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About the CSA New York Metro Chapter:

The CSA New York Metro chapter name was derived from our representation of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey. In order to honor each member state, we plan host events in all three states. Representing such a large area, we tailored our mission statement to work for a diverse audience: “To promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance in reducing and identifying threats within Cloud Computing.”

It is our hope that the New York Metro Chapter CSA will act as an example for other CSA chapters in the US. In order to achieve this as quickly and thoroughly as possible, we need volunteers! If you’d like to help build this chapter, you can contact us on LinkedIn here, or you can also email [email protected].

The Cloud Security Alliance is a non-profit organization formed 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.

The Cloud Security Alliance is comprised of many subject matter experts from a wide variety disciplines, united in our objectives:

  • Promote a common level of understanding between the consumers and providers of cloud computing regarding the necessary security requirements and attestation of assurance.
  • Promote independent research into best practices for cloud computing security.
  • Launch awareness campaigns and educational programs on the appropriate uses of cloud computing and cloud security solutions.
  • Create consensus lists of issues and guidance for cloud security assurance.