Facebook CISO Alex Stamos to Leave the Company and Join Stanford University

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Alex Stamos, the chief information security officer of Facebook, has left the company and joined as an Adjunct professor in Stanford University.

Alex Stamos, 39 who was the former chief information security officer at Yahoo before joining Facebook in 2015.

For the last three years, I have been proud to work with some of the most skilled and dedicated security professionals in the world in one of the most difficult threat environments faced by any technology company. We have worked together to build new protections around user data, improve the security of products used by billions, roll out innovative encryption and privacy protections at unprecedented scale, and study and react to new classes of abuse by the world’s most advanced adversaries.” said in the Facebook post published by Stamos.

In March there were amid rumors of his departure following series of disputes with top Facebook executives.

Mr. Stamos is the first high ranking official to leave the company when its handling controversy over spreading false information and harvesting more than 50 million Facebook profiles to Cambridge Analytica.

In Stanford University Stamos will be part of faculty working group called Information Warfare which is designed to research information on warfare and develop countermeasures.

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, responded to this in a statement that “Alex has played an important role in how we approach security challenges and helped us build relationships with partners so we can better address the threats we face. We know he will be an enormous asset to the team at Stanford and we look forward to collaborating with him in his new role.”

According to the New York Times, Facebook does not plan to appoint a successor for the chief information security officer.

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