Global Switch announces appointment of new Independent Advisor to its Security Control Committee

Global Switch announces appointment of new Independent Advisor to its Security Control Committee

Release date: 11.02.2021

LONDON – 11 February 2021 - Global Switch, a leading owner, operator and developer of large-scale, carrier and cloud neutral multi-customer data centres in Europe and Asia-Pacific, is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Jenkins MBE as independent advisor to its Security Control Committee, the body responsible for ensuring Global Switch maintains world-class security across its data centres for its customers.

Michael succeeds Steve Dalzell in the role and will be responsible for providing senior, independent counsel to Global Switch’s in-house security team, which includes the Group Security Manager and Security Managers at each of its key sites. He will advise on the emerging threat landscape, stress test operational plans and conduct the annual independent security audit of Global Switch data centres.

The Global Switch Security Control Committee was established nearly a decade ago with independent membership incorporated in 2016, to ensure effective control of all procedures, organisational matters and other aspects pertaining to:

  • the security and safeguarding of commercially sensitive information (including export-controlled technology);
  • the Security Policy and procedures around the physical and cyber access to all Global Switch data centres are effectively implemented and maintained; and
  • ensuring the security and independence of customers’ operations within Global Switch data centres.

Michael brings over 20 years of senior level experience in strategic intelligence, security resilience, information security and privacy management. He has extensive experience in leading the delivery of cyber and information security strategies, as well as advising large organisations across the intelligence, information and cyber security and security domains. Michael is a Non-Executive Director and Strategic Advisor to a UK corporate defence company, as well as Chief Information Security Officer at Brunel University London where he is the senior strategic lead of their five year Cyber, Privacy and Information Security Plan.

Previously, Michael was Olympic Park Security Lead for London’s Olympic Games in 2012 where he was responsible for managing the delivery of specialist security planning, information security, and resilience for London Venues. Before this he was Head of Security and Information Security for a major UK data centre provider where he successfully led the operational delivery of Information Security governance. Prior to this Michael was a Defence Intelligence and Counter Terrorism Officer in the British Armed Forces and was awarded an MBE for his services to UK Counter Terrorism and Intelligence Operations in 2007.

John Corcoran, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Security Control Committee of Global Switch, said:

“I am delighted to welcome Michael to the Global Switch team. His appointment is further evidence of our commitment to our customers in providing the highest levels of security at all our data centres through a combination of building design, physical and electronic measures, and strong operational procedures that comply with ISO 27001. Michael is a recognised security leader who champions operational excellence and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the position of Security Control Advisor. I would also like to thank Steve Dalzell for his valuable contributions during the three years of his tenure and wish him well in his retirement.”

Michael is a Certified Cyber Professional (Lead Practitioner Security & Risk) as well as a best-selling author of four spy thriller novels including hints of cyber-crime.

Contact details:

Jenny Davey
Finsbury Glover Hering
+44 20 7251 3801

Ali Ballantine
Director of Brand & Communications
Global Switch
+44 20 8054 9053

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About Global Switch
Global Switch is the leading owner, operator and developer of large-scale, carrier and cloud neutral, multi-customer data centres in Europe and Asia-Pacific. Founded in 1998, Global Switch has a proven business model, demonstrable track record and is one of the highest credit rated data centre companies in the world with investment grade credit ratings from Fitch, Moody’s and S&P Global Ratings.

Global Switch is a vital strategic partner for customers that require secure and resilient data centre services with scalable capacity and a high-level customer service. The Company's focus is on highly resilient, central, low latency, network dense locations in prime city centre locations and internet hubs close to its customers on the edge of financial and business districts. Global Switch’s data centres operate exclusively in the Tier I markets of Europe and Asia-Pacific to Tier III or higher and currently total around 390,000 sq m (4,200,000 sq ft) of floor space and are occupied by a broad range of customers, global and national, large and small including government organisations, financial institutions, enterprises, global systems integrators, telecommunication carriers, cloud and managed service providers and other hosting businesses.

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