Facebook Taps Yahoo’s Alex Stamos as Chief Security Officer

Facebook finally named its replacement for former chief security officer Joe Sullivan, who left the social network in April to assume the same post at Uber.

Facebook finally named its replacement for former chief security officer Joe Sullivan, who left the social network in April to assume the same post at Uber.

Yahoo chief information security officer Alex Stamos announced in a Facebook post that he will join the social network as chief security officer Monday.

He wrote:

The Internet has been an incredible force for connecting the world and giving individuals access to personal, educational and economic opportunities that are unprecedented in human history. These benefits are not without risk, and it is the responsibility of our industry to build the safest, most trustworthy products possible.

This is why I am joining Facebook. 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.

I had a wonderful time at Yahoo and learned that the Yahoo Paranoids truly live up to their legend. Their commitment, brilliance, drive and pioneering spirit made it a pleasure to roll up our sleeves and get to work. Careers are long, and I hope our paths will cross often in the future. I wish all my friends at Yahoo the very best.

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