Facebook's Chief Security Officer Resigns

By Paige Burke — Published August 02, 2018

Facebook's Chief Security Officer Resigns

Earlier today, Facebook's chief security officer Alex Stamos resigned. After taking on the role in 2015, he will be leaving on August 17th and will be taking a position at Stanford University as a teacher and a researcher. “This fall, I am very excited to launch a course teaching hands-on offensive and defensive techniques and to contribute to the new cybersecurity master’s specialty at [the Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies],” Stamos wrote in a public post. Amos worked previously at Yahoo in a similar role and arrived at Facebook after discovering that Yahoo was scanning emails for the US government.

This resignation follows Facebook's latest security crisis where it was revealed that actors are using the social media platform to manipulate political discussions in the States. For now, Facebook will not be employing a new chief security officer which leaves users wondering how Facebook will deal with security issues in the future. It is no secret that Facebook has run into numerous security hiccups and there is particular concern surrounding the notion of fake accounts to manipulate politics as well as the Cambridge Analytica data story. Instead of continuing to grow a security team, Facebook will instead be embedding security engineers in each of the company's divisions. A statement released via email states "We are not naming a new SCO since earlier this year we embedded our security engineers, analysts, investigators, and other specialists in our product and engineering teams to better address the emerging security threats we face." The is followed by promises that they will "continue to evaluate what kind of structure works best" to ensure that Facebook users remain protected from security issues.

This change comes as no surprise. The fact that Facebook has been in the press so often for security issues means that a shift in the security system was a must. A statement from Facebook emphasizes the notion that “We expect to be judged on what we do to protect people’s security, not whether we have someone with a certain title.” Facebook is “investing heavily in security to address new types of threats”. For now, all is left to do is wait and see how the loss of Facebook's security officer will affect user experience and data protection. Let's just hope that Facebook's new structure really does do more to keep people safe.

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