Yahoo! Inc.'s (NASDAQ: YHOO) cyber-security chief officer, Alex Stamos, announced Wednesday evening that he will move his services to Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB). With the number of Facebook users constantly rising – over 1.44 billion members – Stamos plans to create a more secure program for the company's social media network.
Stamos earned Silicon Valley street credit after verbally scuffling with the director of the National Security Agency (NSA) during a cyber-security conference and commended for his current effort to create a fully encrypted email service that will roll out end-to-end encryption for Yahoo mail by the end of the year.
Like public health, transmission of viruses can spread to other devices the same way an infection can spread to other people. If your accounts are insecure, it makes it easier for hackers to spread viruses or cyberspace attacks designed to steal money or data. “Whether or not our users understand it, I feel it’s our responsibility to keep them safe,” said Stamos shortly after his appearance at Yahoo.
Known for his augmentation to cyber-security, Stamos reveals his interest in maintaining the security of Facebook as well as developing a way to gain users from less-developed countries. The company is undertaking the initiative to expand the number of people online through a site called Internet.org.
Starting on June 29, Stamos will fill in for Joe Sullivan, who left Facebook for Uber Technologies at the end of April.
Revealing his intentions of relocating to Facebook, the new chief security officer states “There is no company in the world that is better positioned to tackle the challenges faced not only by today’s Internet users but for the remaining two-thirds of humanity we have yet to connect.”