Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Colt appoints new Chief Information Security Officer as €200m investment plan speeds up



Executive to lead the assessment, evaluation, prioritisation and mitigation of the internal and external security threat to Colt’s portfolio.

Colt Technology Services is in 2017 investing €200m to expand the business and that expansion has now delivered yet another C-level appointment.

Ashish Surti, new Chief Information Security Officer

The company has named Ashish Surti to the position of Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).

Surti is set to report directly to Chief Technology Officer Rajiv Datta. He will be responsible for Colt’s overall information and cyber security strategy, and will head up Colt’s Computer Security Incident Response team.

As CISO, he will lead the assessment, evaluation, prioritisation and mitigation of the internal and external security threat to Colt’s products, network infrastructure, and business information systems.

Surti joins Colt from TSB Bank where he was the first CISO. At TSB Bank, he was accountable for duties including information risk management, security consultancy & architecture and cyber intelligence & response.

“Surti’s experience with financial markets will prove invaluable with understanding the demands of some of Colt’s core customers, for which secure connectivity and adhesion to increasingly stringent governance is a critical requirement,” Colt said in a statement.

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.”

CTO 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.”