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Apple recruits ex-Amazon VP of Information Security as new Corporate Security Chief

Apple has reportedly recruited ex-Amazon VP of Information Security, George Stathakopoulos, to become its Corporate Security Chief. The new hire comes just before Apple heads to court again in its ongoing battle with the FBI. Stathakopoulos has a strong background in security management, and before being at Amazon he was Microsoft's general manager of product security. From Fortune:

Stathakopoulos reports to Apple's chief financial officer and will be responsible for protecting corporate assets, such as the computers used to design products and develop software, as well as data about customers. The company's heads of hardware and software remain in charge of protecting users of Apple's products.Stathakopoulos started a week ago at Apple, according to people familiar with matter, after working since 2010 at Amazon, which has a strong reputation among security professionals. Before that he worked more than eight years as a general manager at Microsoft, which is seen as having improved its security over the past decade and a half.

Apple is next due in court on March 22, at which time Apple's head of product security will take the stand.

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  • This could be a very good development--not just for Apple security, but for everyone. He will bring experience from 2 other tech giants and presumably knows their security strengths and weaknesses. Building on that, I hope he advances security knowledge and practice at Apple and, through old contacts, passes on best practices to the industry. That way, criminals and the Feds will have a harder time violating our rights--although it's sometimes difficult to tell the difference between the two, eh?! Sent from the iMore App