Digital Realty

Digital Realty hires Don Freese as Chief Information Security Officer

13 January 2021 | Abigail Opiah

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Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR) has appointed Don Freese (pictured) as Chief Information Security Officer.

Freese previously served as a Senior Executive with the FBI and a cybersecurity leader at PwC, and has more than 30 years of leadership experience advising large corporations and the U.S. government on cybersecurity, cyber operations and IT risk management. 

He reports to Executive Vice President, Operations Erich Sanchack and is responsible for overseeing Digital Realty’s information security technology and programs and managing risks.

“We’re thrilled to welcome someone of Don’s high calibre to the team as we continue to proactively safeguard our customers from today’s constantly evolving cyber and data security threats,” said Sanchack. 

“Don’s remarkable track record of public service in providing strategic and operational leadership for full-spectrum cybersecurity programs gives him unrivalled 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.” 

Freese was most recently Cybersecurity and Privacy Principal for PwC, leading the firm’s Network Security Services practice for North America, where he pioneered the concept of Zero Trust Strategy in security and led the industry in adopting provably secure digital architectures. 

Prior to that, he spent 30 years in government service in a variety of defense and intelligence roles at the FBI, including Senior Executive and Special Agent in Intelligence and Cyber Operations. 

Digital Realty is the global leader in the data centre 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 capitalise on the many growth opportunities ahead.” 

During his FBI tenure, he handled national security cyber breaches, directed response teams and global network operations, and advised the nation’s highest officials, including the White House National Security Council, on proactive strategies, intelligence and policies for defending against cyber-attacks.