Top Online Security Execs Announce Departures

Top Online Security Execs Announce Departures

High-ranking security executives at Google, Facebook and Twitter—three of the Internet’s most important technology companies—have announced this week plans to leave their respective positions.

High-ranking security executives at Google, Facebook and Twitter—three of the Internet’s most important technology companies—have announced this week plans to leave their respective positions.

The first departure was announced Monday by the New York Times, who reported that Facebook’s Chief Security Officer (CSO) Alex Stamos would be leaving the company in August. The news broke amid the Facebook – Cambridge Analytica scandal, where a UK company harvested information from Facebook users and used it to profile voters in the U.S. presidential election.

The next reported departure was Michal Zalewski, Google’s Director of Information Security. Zalewski served as second-in-command to Google’s Chief Security Officer and helped set up the Google Vulnerability Reward Program, one of the largest tech company bug bounty programs. Zalewski said on Twitter he would be leaving Google by the end of the month.

Michael Coates, Chief Information and Security Officer at Twitter, made a similar announcement on Wednesday. Coates said in a tweet that he was leaving to co-found a security startup. Reportedly, Coates’ interim replacement is Joseph Camilleri, a senior manager for information security and risk who filled in for him last year when Coates was on paternity leave.

All three departures come among increasing pressure for online companies to crack down on use of their platforms by bad actors to spread fake news, political propaganda, and terrorist content.

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Jessica Davis is the Associate Content Editor for 1105 Media.

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