Digital Realty, a leading global provider of cloud- and carrier-natural data center, colocation, and interconnection solutions, has appointed Don Freese as Chief Information Security Officer.
Freese will apply his 30+ years of experience advising large corporations and the highest ranks of the U.S. government on cybersecurity, cyber operations, and IT risk management to Digital Realty’s security tasks. Reporting to Executive Vice President, Operations Erich Sanchack, he will oversee the firm’s company-wide information security technology and programs and manage risks related to confidentiality, integrity, and availability of systems and data.
"We're thrilled to welcome someone of Don's high caliber to the team as we continue to proactively safeguard our customers from today's constantly evolving cyber and data security threats," said Mr. Sanchack. "Don's remarkable track record of public service in providing strategic and operational leadership for full-spectrum cybersecurity programs gives him unrivaled insights into the threat landscape and cutting-edge technologies and strategies to combat those threats. With Don's leadership, we will continue to strengthen our advanced security and data privacy capabilities to ensure a secure environment for our global customer base.”
Prior to signing on with Digital Realty, Freese served as Cybersecurity and Privacy Principal for PwC. There, he led the firm’s Network Security Services practice for North America, bringing the concept of Zero Trust Strategy in security to life, and leading the industry in adopting provably secure digital architectures. Freese has also worked with the FBI, including as Senior Executive and Special Agent in Intelligence and Cyber Operations, handling national security breaches and directing response teams.
"Digital Realty is the global leader in the data center industry, and the company's steadfast commitment to supporting its customers' growth appropriately places strong information security practices as the foundation,” said Freese. “I look forward to working with the entire Digital Realty team to build a global cloud community that is anchored by the gravitational pull of this secure foundation, and can safely capitalize on the many growth opportunities ahead."