QTS CEO Says Data Security a “Never-Ending Battle” for Data Center REITs

Chad Williams, chairman and CEO of data center REIT QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:QTS), joined REIT.com for a CEO Spotlight video interview at REITWorld 2016: NAREIT’s Annual Convention for All Things REIT at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge.

When it comes to preventing cyberattacks, Williams said QTS differentiates itself from other providers through its fully integrated services platform “that contemplates the risk around cybersecurity and compliance for our customers.”

Williams described the challenge of keeping customer data secure as an “ever-increasing, never-ending battle.”

Meanwhile, Williams discussed the evolution of QTS’s strategy regarding connectivity solutions. While connectivity has been a core process at QTS from the beginning, “we’re just talking about the strategy a little more publicly now,” he said.

Williams explained that as QTS continues to monetize connectivity more as a recurring revenue stream, “I think you’re going to see exciting things from QTS.”

Williams added that as demand for data services continues to expand, QTS is interested in “infrastructure-rich, low-basis assets that drive an advantage in a new strategic market.”