SAN FRANCISCO, April 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: DLR), a leading global provider of data center solutions, announced today that it has completed a SOC 2 Type 2 examination of its U.S. data center operations using the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Guide: Reporting on Controls at Service Organizations Relevant to Security, Availability, Processing Integrity, Confidentiality, or Privacy.
“Digital Realty has successfully completed an examination of its security controls using the AICPA’s SOC 2 Type 2 report,” said Dave Caron, Senior Vice President, Portfolio Management at Digital Realty. “As one of the largest data center providers with a commitment to excellence and transparency, we took an early start in the industry to undertake this extensive effort, validating our security procedures and making those results available to our broad base of customers. This report gives our customers a higher level of confidence that our security protocols are being enforced to ensure their mission critical computing systems are protected.”
SOC 2 is a mechanism for service organizations, including data center providers such as Digital Realty, to report on the design and effectiveness of their security policies, communications, procedures and monitoring based on detailed criteria. This report is intended to meet the needs of a broad range of users that need to understand internal controls at a service organization.
“With the retirement of SAS 70 last year and increasing deployment of cloud and other outsourced solutions, we see the growing importance of SOC 2 reports for customers to help them monitor the effectiveness of their service providers’ security and other operational controls,” said David Schirmacher, Senior Vice President, Operations for Digital Realty. “SOC 2 reports benefit customers by providing detailed information on controls and auditor testing to address a predefined set of detailed control criteria. For this reason, we decided to be proactive and complete our inaugural SOC 2 security examinations.”
About Digital Realty
Digital Realty Trust, Inc. focuses on delivering customer driven data center solutions by providing secure, reliable and cost effective facilities that meet each customer’s unique data center needs. Digital Realty’s customers include domestic and international companies across multiple industry verticals ranging from information technology and Internet enterprises, to manufacturing and financial services. Digital Realty’s 102 properties, excluding three properties held as investments in unconsolidated joint ventures, comprise approximately 19.1 million square feet as of April 26, 2012, including 2.2 million square feet of space held for redevelopment. Digital Realty’s portfolio is located in 31 markets throughout Europe, North America, Singapore and Australia. Additional information about Digital Realty is included in the Company Overview, which is available on the Investors page of Digital Realty’s website at http://www.digitalrealty.com.
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