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Facebook Hires Ex-Yahoo Exec Alex Stamos As Chief Security Officer

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After serving Yahoo for almost a year  as its Chief Information Security Officer, Alex Stamos has moved to join Facebook as the Chief Security Officer at the social networking giant.

Stamos, who joined Yahoo in 2014, notified about his recent development through his Facebook page (quite fitting) saying that he has been hired by the social network as its new chief security officer.

He wrote-

There is no company in the world that is better positioned to tackle the challenges faced not only by today’s Internet users but for the remaining [two-thirds] of humanity we have yet to connect. The Facebook security team has demonstrated a history of innovation as well as a unique willingness to share those innovations with the world, and we will build upon that history in the years to come.

Stamos is a graduate of UC Berkeley and is co-founder of ISEC Partners. He garnered quite a popularity earlier when he clashed with NSA Director Mike Rogers over decrypting communications, asking whether backdoors should be offered to China and Russia if the US had such access.

Stamos will replace Joe Sullivan, who left Facebook in April 2015 to join Uber and will command over his new position from July 29.

Stamos’s departure though, comes at a time when few of the other top heads in Yahoo’s managing department recently bid good bye to the struggling-yet-improving internet giant.


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