NTT Global Data Centers Americas Achieves ISO 27001 Certification for Best Practices in Information Security Management Systems

Internationally recognized standard has become a key requirement for global data center deployments of hyperscale cloud companies and Fortune 1000 enterprises

Ashburn, Va.
March 6, 2019

NTT Global Data Centers Americas, Inc., the premier data center provider in North America and part of the global data center platform of NTT Communications (NTT Com), the information and communications technology (ICT) solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group (TYO: 9432), today announced that all of its U.S. data center campuses, which includes seven data centers, have earned ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification (known as ISO 27001). ISO 27001 is an international standard outlining best practices for an information security management system (ISMS), which is a framework of policies and procedures that includes all legal, physical, and technical controls involved in an organization’s information risk management processes.

NTT Global Data Centers Americas Achieves ISO 27001 Certification

The ISO 27001 designation is considered the global gold standard in information security, and thus further validates NTT Global Data Centers Americas ability to design, build and operate data centers suited for the international information security requirements of hyperscale cloud and large enterprise customers.

“NTT Global Data Centers Americas is committed to excellence in every facet of our operations across all of our data centers,” said NTT Global Data Centers Americas President and CEO Doug Adams. “Our ISO 27001 certification and our many other compliances and certifications are testament to that commitment and highly valued by our customers.”

To earn ISO 27001 certification, NTT Global Data Centers Americas completed a thorough audit certified by Schellman & Company, a certification body for management systems accredited through the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) and United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). The auditors examined NTT Global Data Centers Americas ISMS, which sits atop their operations and data center controls.

“What differentiates the ISO 27001 certification from SOC 2, PCI-DSS, HIPAA, or other point-in-time or historical-based certifications, is the fact that ISO 27001 focuses on the organization’s ability to assess its own risks and implement controls proactively on a continuous basis,” said Douglas Barbin, Principal at Schellman & Company. “Based on our review, NTT Global Data Centers Americas has not only demonstrated the ability to meet its customers’ compliance requirements, but also to adopt a holistic framework for anticipating the next set of risks and requirements.”

To earn certification for the ISO 27001 standard, NTT Global Data Centers Americas was audited across an extensive set of controls, policies, procedures, and guidelines, including the ability to:

  • Systematically examine the threats, vulnerabilities, and impacts to their information security
  • Implement a comprehensive suite of information security controls based on those risks and threats
  • Adopt a process to ensure that information security controls continue to meet the organization's information security needs on an ongoing basis.

The ISO/IEC 27001:2013 standard was developed by a joint committee of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The last version of the standard was published in 2013, with a few minor updates since then.

At each of its seven massive data centers in Northern California; Dallas, Texas; and Ashburn, Virginia, NTT Global Data Centers Americas has implemented the rigorous security controls and procedures necessary to attain data center and security industry certifications. Previous certifications include SSAE 18 SOC 1 and SOC 2 Type 2 audits, as well as attestations for applicable controls for colocation data center services PCI DSS 3.2, HIPAA, and FISMA Moderate based on the NIST Special Publication 800-53.

About NTT Global Data Centers Americas
NTT Global Data Centers Americas designs, builds, and operates mission critical data centers that deliver 100% availability, high-density power, flexible configurations, carrier neutral connectivity, and superior customer service. The company has 245MW of critical IT load spread across 2 million square feet of data center infrastructure in Ashburn, Virginia; Dallas, Texas; and Sacramento and Silicon Valley in Northern California with significant growth plans in these locations and other top North American data center markets. As part of the NTT Communications group, NTT Global Data Centers Americas is one of the largest wholesale data center providers in the world with a global network of data centers in over 20 countries and regions operated by NTT Communications under the Nexcenter™ brand and one of the most financially strong companies in the data center industry. For more information visit

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