06 July 2017
| Natalie Bannerman
Ashish Surti has been appointed to the position of chief information security officer at Colt Technology Services.
As such, Surti will be responsible
for Colt’s information and cyber security strategy
and will lead the company’s computer security
incident response team.
Reporting directly to Colt’s chief technology
officer Rajiv Datta, Surti will manage all of the internal and
external security threats to Colt’s products,
network infrastructure, business information systems, starting
from assessment and evaluation to prioritisation and
mitigation. Ultimately strengthening Colt’s
information security strategy by continually enhancing and
embedding cyber risk management and logical security practices
into all company activities.
"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," said Surti. "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
Colt from TSB Bank where he was their first CISO. In this role
he was responsible for information risk management, security
consultancy & architecture and cyber intelligence &
The new appointment comes as part of Colt’s
recruitment drive to bolster its leadership team and improve
its customer experience within the network industry. A move
backed Colt’s €200m investment into the
business throughout 2017 and as it celebrates its 25th
Other recent appointments include TS Narayanan as chief information
officer and Tom Regent as chief operating officer.
"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," said Datta. "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