»Cloud Security Alliance, a nonprofit organization that promotes security best practices, has signed an agreement with nonprofit (ISC)² to collaborate on a new certification for cloud security. Clearwater, Fla.-based (ISC)², which certifies information security pros, and Singapore-based Cloud Security Alliance will build the new credential on existing certifications they both offer: (ISC)²’s Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and CSA’s Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CSSK). 

»Brian Foster (left) has joined Damballa, an Atlanta-based firm that provides advanced threat protection services, as CTO. In this role, Foster will oversee product strategy, development and research. Foster was previously the SVP of product management for consumer security at McAfee. He brings with him more than 25 years of security product management and development experience.

»LANDesk Software, a South Jordan, Utah-based enterprise security management firm, has acquired a product line from VMware, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based vendor. With the purchase, LANDesk takes on VMware’s “Protect,” which will now be called the “Shavlik Protect” portfolio. The acquisition expands LANDesk’s user-oriented IT management market presence.

»Trustwave, a Chicago-based card payment security and compliance firm, has acquired SecureConnect, a Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance and network security solutions firm with services tailored to franchisee and multi-site organizations. The acquisition will expand Trustwave’s presence in the hospitality industry as Eden Prairie, Minn.-based SecureConnect provides security for major restaurant brands. 

»Ionic Security, an Atlanta-based cloud and mobile security start-up, has secured $9.4 million in investment funding. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers led the round of funding, which also included participation from Atlanta-based venture capital firm TechOperators and security entrepreneurs Ken Levine and Paul Judge. The capital will be used to grow Ionic’s engineering team, enterprise sales and marketing efforts.

»Chenxi Wang (left) has joined McAfee as VP of market insight and business intelligence. Her responsibilities will include analyzing and reporting overall industry and market trends, competitive marketing and business strategy evaluation, pricing strategy and customer insights. She will also oversee and manage the customer reference team. Formerly, she was VP and principal analyst at Forrester Research.

»President Obama has appointed Nicole Wong as the White House’s first chief privacy officer, according to reports. Wong was previously the legal director for San Francisco-based social networking company Twitter, a position she took on last November. She also served as VP and deputy general counsel at Google prior to her time at Twitter.