U.S. Conference of Mayors Unanimously Approves Resolution on Data Protection and Data Center Resiliency

Resolution, Sponsored by Henderson Mayor Debra March, Stresses National Enhanced Physical and Cyber Data Security Measures

Henderson, Nev.  — The nation’s mayors have unanimously approved a resolution sponsored by Henderson Mayor Debra March calling for sweeping improvements to how private businesses and governments protect data from cyber attacks, physical attacks, severe weather events, and other types of catastrophic threats to data centers. Mayor March collaborated with Nevada-based data center developer Switch to create the language for the resolution.

The U.S. Conference of Mayor’s (USCM) resolution, which was adopted on June 11 at the organization’s 86th annual meeting in Boston, encourages prioritization of funding for data security measures, federal support for local governments in that effort, and reinforcing that the federal government follow its own standards in protecting our nation’s critical data center infrastructure.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors Data Protection Resolution passed unanimously and was supported by 12 other mayors who were co-sponsors including Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, Mesa, Ariz. Mayor John Giles, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms, Portland, Ore. Mayor Ted Wheeler, and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan.

“Every day we read headlines about private businesses, local governments and even U.S. naval ship plans being compromised as a result of data vulnerabilities. As a nation, we must prioritize investments in protecting our data from human error, malicious attacks and a lack of resiliency,” said Mayor March.

“As the developers of the world’s only Tier 5® Platinum data centers Switch was pleased to work with the mayors to help develop the policy of the resolution and we applaud Mayor March and her colleagues at the U.S. Conference of Mayors for taking such a strong stand on physical data center resiliency,” said Switch EVP of Strategy Adam Kramer. “Unfortunately, many businesses and governments are unaware of the state of their data center resiliency until something goes very wrong. We look forward to working in partnership with our nation’s mayors to strengthen the critical data center infrastructure of our local, state and federal governments, to draw attention to and attain these physical security data standards.”

“It is time for the leaders of our cities, our nation’s mayors, to start this conversation and gain greater funding for such critical programs and infrastructure with our congressional leaders,” said Mayor Pugh.

The data protection resolution calls for mitigation measures that provide redundant systems, resilient and renewable energy sources, industry-leading data protection standards, and advanced data center construction standards.

The measure highlighted projected losses from cyber hacks, data breaches and lost productivity due to lack of secured data at nearly $8 trillion over the next five years. Meanwhile, the U.S. Government is expected to spend $10 billion annually to protect data. Global spending on data security efforts is expected to grow by more than 30 percent to about $134 billion by 2022.

ABOUT City of Henderson

Incorporated in 1953, Henderson is Nevada’s second largest city with more than 310,000 residents. Henderson is a premier city, nationally recognized for its stunning parks, trails, master-planned communities, outstanding quality of life and patriotic past. Recognized as one of America’s Best Places to Live (MONEY and Liveability.com), one of America’s Best Cities (Business Week), one of the safest cities in America (Forbes, InsuranceProviders.com, Law Street Media, Movato.com), and a Bicycle Friendly Community (League of American Bicyclists), Henderson is a progressive and vibrant city committed to maintaining premier amenities and services for all who choose to live, learn, work and play in Henderson…a place to call home.

ABOUT Switch


Switch (NYSE: SWCH) the technology infrastructure company headquartered in Las Vegas is built on the intelligent and sustainable growth of the internet. Switch founder and CEO Rob Roy has developed more than 500 issued and pending patent claims covering data center designs that have manifested into the company’s world-renowned data centers and technology solutions.

The Switch PRIMES located in Las Vegas and Tahoe Reno, Nevada; Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Atlanta, Georgia are the world’s highest-rated hyperscale data center campus ecosystems with low latency to major U.S. markets. The Switch PRIMES are located in the most cost-effective area of each North American zone based on power, connectivity, taxes, cost of living and lower risk of natural disasters. Visit switch.com for more information.