QTS Realty Trust has announced that Andrew Wild, formerly with Lancope, now a part of Cisco has joined the company as chief information security officer.

Wild, who has more than 25 years of information security and risk management experience, has been successful in building corporate information security programs and managing groups of engineers to provide network visibility and security intelligence to defend enterprises against the latest threats.

“Security threats are evolving by the day and our commitment to ensuring the security and compliance of our customers’ data made it paramount to invest in a chief information security officer position,” said Jon Greaves, chief technology officer, QTS. “As one of the first data center companies to have a CISO, we believe those customers who continue to embrace hybrid cloud solutions will see that we not only understand the complexity, but also the importance of providing secure environments. Andrew was the perfect choice based on his thought leadership in implementing and securing cloud and ‘as a service’ environments, coupled with his knowledge of the risk management and information security challenges faced by today’s organizations,” he added.

Wild was most recently the CISO at Lancope, and prior to that he was the CSO at Qualys, a leading provider of cloud security and compliance solutions. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University.

“I was immediately attracted to joining the QTS team for two reasons. They truly live their motto of powered by people, and their unending commitment to the security of their facilities and their customers’ data,” said Wild. “I look forward to working with the QTS team and exceeding client expectations on security and risk management.”

Wild, who has delivered numerous speeches and conducted a variety of media interviews on cybersecurity, is considered an industry luminary. He is presenting the session, “An Introduction to Containers, Including Security Concerns and Advantages,” on Thursday, Sep. 15 at 11 a.m. PT at the Privacy Security Risk Conference in San Jose, California.

Wild is also an active participant in the Cloud Security Alliance and the Mach37 startup accelerator. The Cloud Security Alliance is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within cloud computing, and to provide education on the uses of cloud computing to help secure all other forms of computing. The Mach37 accelerator is designed to facilitate the creation of the next generation of cybersecurity product companies.