Uber Snags New Chief Security Officer From Facebook

Uber hires Facebook chief security officer Joe Sullivan in a bid to improve its highly maligned security. Sullivan will oversee Uber’s implementation of security policies and practices in the digital and physical worlds. (Photo : Uber)
Uber hires Facebook chief security officer Joe Sullivan in a bid to improve its highly maligned security. Sullivan will oversee Uber’s implementation of security policies and practices in the digital and physical worlds.
(Photo : Uber)

Facebook’s former chief security officer is jumping ship to join Uber, according to a blog post by Uber CEO Travis Kalanick himself.

Joe Sullivan, who served at Facebook overseeing security policies and practices for five years, is now joining Uber in a position that many experts believe should have been created a long time ago.

As Uber grows into millions of trips every day, so too do the security issues that plague the $41 billion ride-sharing international firm. Just last week, Uber began issuing refunds to customers whose accounts have been hacked and wrongfully charged for rides they did not take.

In February, Uber announced that its system has been breached, exposing to hackers the names, addresses, drivers’ licenses, and license numbers of more than 50,000 drivers whose information are stored in Uber’s database. What’s more, Uber earned flak for failing to inform its drivers of the hack when it happened, which was in September, and waited five months before telling them of the breach.

But Sullivan’s responsibility will not simply be to overlook the execution of new security policies regarding Uber’s cyber-infrastructure. The company is also facing a host of scandals about the physical security of its drivers and their passengers.

“It’s no longer about traditional metrics for safe transportation or keeping our community’s data private and secure, but about how we lead efforts to redefine and strengthen physical and data security in the location-based world,” says Kalanick.

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SOURCE: Nicole Arce
Tech Times

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