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Cloud Computing Conference 2019

September 18 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm EDT

GWDC Members: $105, Other ISACA Members: $135, Non-ISACA Member: $150


Cloud computing is changing at a rapid pace.  According to Gartner, cloud services revenue will increase from $214 billion in 2019 to $331 billion in 2022.  In June 2019, federal agencies have been required to accelerate its adoption of cloud-based solutions.  

This conference will enable participants to learn about the latest trends in cloud computing.  Learn from leaders in the public and private sector as they share to you their insights from cloud implementation to its security.


1. Multi-cloud environment is becoming a requirement for organizations

Cloud has become an essential tool for organizations. Today one cloud solution doesn’t meet all the organizational needs, forcing multi-cloud a requirement. In this session, Chezian will provide an overview of National Science Foundation's (NSF) multi-cloud landscape, architecture and the implementation that meets agency's demands.

2. Protect Cloud Data from Prying Eyes!

With the explosion of data being created, gathered and shared on a daily basis, the cloud has become the preferred storage location for much of this data. Cryptography can be used to protect the confidentiality of user/business data from other users, other businesses as well as privileged cloud administrators. However, the keys themselves need protection throughout their lifecycle since they represent the collective value of all of the data they protect. We describe key management design choices for protecting cloud data and relate them to the reasons why users and businesses store data in the cloud; we discuss the challenges of managing keys to protect cloud data and effective strategies for using cryptographic keys within the cloud.

3. Financial Considerations for Moving to the Cloud Environment

Any business decision of moving to the cloud will involve financial analysis to determine the best solution.  Consideration must be given to operational costs of staying on-premise verse moving to the cloud or a hyperconverged environment.  Each alternative off-premise solution should be weighed to identify the best fit for the needs and budget of the entity.  This discussion will focus on the features of each option and the associated costs.

Who should attend?

  • Any professional in the Information Security / Assurance industry, including IT auditors, IT consultants, and general IT professionals with exposure to or looking to get exposure to cloud computing initiatives.


Chezian Sivagnanam

Chezian Sivagnanam

Chief Enterprise Architect of the National Science Foundation

The technology steward at the National Science Foundation (NSF), Chezian Sivagnanam is its Chief Enterprise Architect where he advises the Chief Information Officer in planning and coordination of information technology vision, strategy, architecture and innovation management.  Chezian has more than 23 years of experience in information technology including enterprise architecture, solution architecture, information technology transformation, enterprise modernization, cloud computing and emerging technologies.  Chezian is a PMP, CSPO and ITIL V3, and holds certifications in COBT 5, Oracle, and Sun.

Sarbari Gupta

Dr. Sarbari Gupta

Founder and President of Electrosoft Services

Dr. Sarbari Gupta has been active in the information security industry for over twenty years. She has broad base of knowledge and experience in the areas of cybersecurity, identity management and security solutions. She holds a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering and the CISSP and CISA certifications. Dr. Gupta has authored over twenty technical papers/presentations in refereed conferences and journals, and holds four patents in areas of cryptography. She has co-authored several NIST Special Publications in the areas of Electronic Authentication, Security Configuration Management, and Mobile Credentials.


Scott Vachal

Client Executive of Soter Cloud Solutions

Scott Vachal applies his more than 30 years of financial, managerial, and cyber security experience to assist mid-sized companies transition to the cloud environment.  Financial analysis has been a primary thread through his career.  Mr. Vachal consulted for such companies as AT&T, Dun & Bradstreet, after obtaining his MBA in Quantitative Studies and Masters in Management of Secure Information Systems.  Mr. Vachal created, built, and sold Meridian Cyber Defense, which provided IT and cyber security support to the SMB market.  He currently is a Client Executive for Soter Cloud Solutions. 


Additional Presenters to be Announced Soon




Special Instructions

ISACA Members from Other Chapters: You will need to bring your ISACA Membership Card to the event to verify your ISACA Membership.

Presentations: Conference presentations will be included in the registrants' final event-related email message containing the CPE certificate and evaluation survey when permission is received from the presenter and their organization. In some cases, permission is not received.

Requests for Assistance: If you require assistance for an audio, visual, or other disability, please contact the Programs Director to discuss your needs, as soon as possible.  We need as much advance notice as possible to determine whether requests can be accommodated. Thank You.


If you are unable to attend this event, you can cancel your registration. To receive a refund, all cancellations must be received by September 16, 2019.  A $15 cancellation fee is charged.

To cancel, access your payment confirmation e-mail message and click the UNREGISTER link.

If your organization is interested in being an event sponsor, please take a look at the five (5) various event sponsorship packages and click this sponsorship link to become a sponsor.

CPE Information

Earn up to 7 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits in the area of Specialized Knowledge. The ISACA® GWDC is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: http://www.learningmarket.org.

CPE Distribution and Evaluation Survey

CPE's will be distributed via e-mail along with the event evaluation survey by September 30, 2019. Attendees must be present the full day to receive full CPE credit.

CPE-Related Details

  • Prerequisites and Advance Preparation: N/A
  • Program Knowledge Level: N/A
  • Delivery Method: Live in person event


September 18
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
GWDC Members: $105, Other ISACA Members: $135, Non-ISACA Member: $150
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Holiday Inn Rosslyn @ Key Bridge
1900 North Fort Myer Drive
Arlington, VA 22209 United States
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