DataBank-Mark-HouptDataBank, a provider of enterprise-grade data center, cloud, and interconnection services headquartered in Dallas, Texas, has announced the appointment of Mark Houpt as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).

Mark Houpt joined DataBank as part of the Edge Hosting acquisition and brings over twenty-five years of information security and information technology experience across a diverse range of industries and institutions.

In this newly created leadership position, Mr. Houpt would drive DataBank’s information security and compliance initiatives to ensure that the company’s solutions continuously meet the rigorous compliance and cyber-security standards demanded by its customers. In addition to managing a team of dedicated security and compliance engineers, Mr. Houpt will also be responsible for developing and maintaining DataBank’s security program roadmap and data center compliance programs.

“It is becoming increasingly clear that our customers are demanding a higher level of security and compliance practices to safeguard their mission-critical business data from ever-changing cyber-threats,” said Raul K. Martynek, CEO of DataBank. “Mark brings a comprehensive skill set and proven success record that will play a critical role in driving DataBank’s vision of incorporating advanced security and compliance capabilities into all of our core colocation, cloud and network offerings.”

Mark Houpt holds an MS-ISA (Masters Information Security and Assurance), numerous security and technical certifications (CISSP, CEH, CHFI, Security +, Network+) while he would be qualified for DoD IAT Level III, IAM Level III, IASAE Level II, CND Analyst, CND Infrastructure Support, CND Incident Responder, and CND Auditor positions and responsibilities.