IT Security


by Mark Rowe

The bandwidth and networks services firm Colt Technology Services has appointed Ashish Surti as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), reporting directly to Chief Technology Officer Rajiv Datta. Ashish, pictured, will be responsible for Colt’s overall information and cyber security strategy, and will head Colt’s Computer Security Incident Response team. Surti will lead the assessment, evaluation, prioritisation and mitigation of the internal and external security threat to Colt’s products, network infrastructure, business information systems.

Colt says that it plans to invest more than 200m euros into the business in 2017 as it reaches its 25th anniversary year.

Surti said: “With the ever present risk of cyber-attack and increasing pressure from global threats, secure network connectivity matters now more than ever to organisations across all markets and industries. We deliver that secure connectivity in a simple, agile fashion that puts the customer in control and frees up their resources, allowing them to focus on the threat landscape relevant to their business.”

With over 15 years’ experience, Surti joins from TSB Bank where he was the first CISO. At the high street bank, he was accountable for information risk management, security consultancy and architecture and cyber intelligence and response. Colt points out that some of its core customers require secure connectivity and adhesion to increasingly stringent governance.

Rajiv Datta said: “It’s the people within a business that deliver on the strategic vision, enabling our customers to meet the demands of a rapidly changing world. Cyber security is a critical consideration for organisations of all sizes and across all sectors, and having talented and experienced leaders within our team is essential for us to maintain our own security and that of our customers’ networks.”



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