EGA, CSA Thailand Chapter and Mahidol University Jointly Host “ASEAN CSA Summit 2015” for Cloud Security in ASEAN

EGA, CSA Thailand Chapter and Mahidol University Jointly Host

“ASEAN CSA Summit 2015” for Cloud Security in ASEAN

 Driving Thailand Towards Digital Economy with Security

 Bangkok – May 12, 2015 – Electronic Government Agency (Public Organization) or EGA, Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Thailand Chapter and Mahidol University jointly host “ASEAN CSA Summit 2015” for cloud security from 11 – 12 June 2015 to drive Thailand towards digital economy.

ASEAN CSA 2015Dr. Sak Segkhoonthod, Director of Electronic Government Agency (Public Organization) (EGA) and President of CSA Thailand Chapter, stated “Digital economy is an important policy to adopt and apply IT with economic and social activities. To move towards digital era plays vital part in all aspects of national developments, especially the communications business of Thailand in the future which should focus on the development of digital infrastructure to cover all areas with effective infrastructure with sufficient volume at appropriate prices. Therefore, this would optimize all activities related to economic and social developments while promoting equality and full coverage for all citizens to access to all services provided by Thai government with less obstacles to commercial and business expansion opportunities. These favorable traits would not happen without collaborations among government, private sector, related organizations and associations to fully drive the emergence of digital economy. All parties need to support know how, share experiences, develop academic curriculum, host workshops and promote the developments of IT and communication technologies in Thailand to enhance the presence of Thailand in global arena.

Ms. Nantawan Wongkachonkitti Vice President of Innovation Department Electronic Government Agency (EGA) and CSA Thailand Chapter Committee, said, “ICT Ministry joined force with EGA, Electronic Transactions Development Agency (Public Organization) and other government bodies and private organizations to set up Cloud Security Alliance Thailand Chapter in 2013 to be the core organization to form CSA ASEAN Hub in Thailand to adopt international know how on cloud security and train human resources while taking responsibility on Regulation Draft on cloud security. This would enable Thailand to take part in defining global issues and benefit the country in the long run.

ICT Ministry assigned EGA to support and strengthen CSA Thailand Chapter while hosting beneficial activities. EGA already hosted 2 ASEAN CSA Summits which welcomed over 600 local and international delegates.

For this year, EGA, CSA Thailand Chapter and Mahidol University will jointly host “ASEAN CSA Summit 2015” in Thailand under the theme “Provisioning Towards Digital Economy” from 11 – 12 June 2015 at Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao.

Ms Nantawan added , “With polices to develop Thailand as regional IT hub and drive the country towards digital economy, the key strategies on cloud security should focus on digital economy to upgrade cloud security as national policy. The important challenge of cloud security is to get ready for

digital economy. Therefore, all bodies and organizations should focus more on IT security as threats are growing in numbers with new additions so all parties need to understand and prepare to handle all these threats.”

The main contents of ASEAN CSA Summit 2015 will cover new knowledge on the ever-growing cloud security, new and practical cloud security solutions and problem solving case studies by local and international experts and executives. Some of the highlighted topics include “Digital Innovations” and “Fire Talk – Traditional Security; No MORE!.”

The 2-day Summit will welcome 800 delegates daily. 600 from Thailand and 200 from overseas who are experts on cloud security from Europe and ASEAN under Connect2SEA Project along with IT vendors and Cloud Service Providers.

Regarding the development of knowhow and human resources for cloud computing era, Associate Professor Dr. Jarernsri L. Mitrpanont, The dean of the Faculty of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Mahidol University, commented “The articles on IT showed the growing statistics on cloud services and adoptions and the increasing demands for IT human resources with cloud computing knowledge in global and regional levels. These figures clearly point out the importance and urgency to develop both know how and human resources towards cloud computing era. Under Government-University-Industry collaboration, the Faculty of Information and Communication Technology of Mahidol University has teamed up with 7 key organizations including EGA, National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Software Industry Promotion Agency (Public Organization), Microsoft, VMware, Dell and HP to develop “Cloud Computing Body of Knowledge” to create experts on cloud computing for Thailand. Cloud security is one of the key elements of this Body of Knowledge. The human resources in cloud computing era require knowledge on cloud security in theoretical and practical aspects to develop effective services and implementations. This Summit will play a vital part in stimulating and supporting new know how on cloud computing, especially could security, in the large scale.