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Uber security team to be led by former NSA official

By Sheetal Sukhija, Fort Worth News
17 Aug 2018, 04:57 GMT+10

CALIFORNIA, U.S. - Nine months after Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi fired the company’s head of security, Joe Sullivan over the handling of a massive security breach, the ride sharing giant has now filled the vacant position.

Uber has announced that a former National Security Agency (NSA) official, Matt Olsen has been brought onboard to lead the company’s security team.

Olsen, who has been named as Uber’s new Chief Security Officer, has previously served as the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center under former U.S. President Barack Obama until 2014.

He has also previously worked as the General Counsel at the National Security Agency (NSA).

Olsen will replace Sullivan who was removed from the company last year over his handling of a massive cyber breach that took place during former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s tenure.

After details of the massive cyber breach - which resulted in the theft of personal data from 57 million user accounts - were first revealed, Uber’s security reputation took a major hit.

Further, the cyber breach reportedly occurred in October 2016 but was covered up by the company until November 2017.

Reports had revealed that under Sullivan, Uber paid a 20-year-old hacker $100,000 ransom to delete the data and not disclose the breach to the public and media.

The payment leak resulted in the company facing public wrath on a large scale.

According to Uber, Olsen will be tasked with helping repair that reputation as a part of the CEO’s broader mission to help improve Uber’s public image.

In a statement, Olsen said, “I look forward to moving Uber’s security organization beyond traditional corporate security to a model of mission security—the safety and security of customers and their data.”

He also pointed out that one of his top priorities going into the job is “aligning Uber’s security strategy with the broader goals of Uber’s leadership for the company.”

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