The Uber cybersecurity administrative who was reportedly fired for his role in attempting to cover up a massive data infringement last year is joining internet security start-up Cloudflare.
Joe Sullivan, who also yesterday worked at Facebook, wrote in a blog post on Wednesday that he’s adjoining Cloudflare’s security team. A spokesperson said in an email that he’ll be components the role of chief security officer and leading the group.
“I’ve had the good karma to serve on some of the best Internet security teams in the world at eBay, Facebook, and Uber — and clothed still fallen short of reaching an ideal state of security,” Sullivan inscribed in the post.
Cloudflare’s technology speeds up and protects websites from worst attacks. The venture-backed company joined the billion-dollar start-up club in 2012 and stand up year hired a new finance chief from Symantec to start readying an IPO. CEO Matthew Prince told Bloomberg at the circumstance that he was aiming to take the company public by mid-2018.
Sullivan symbolized he chose Cloudflare because the company matches his passion for “securing the aggregate internet,” by providing free versions of its product for website operators and for other projects focused on surreptitiousness and connectivity.
Sullivan is best known for his security missteps in his role as Uber’s chief safe keeping Officer, a position he held from mid-2015 until definitive November. He was fired after the disclosure of a breach that affected the matter of more than 57 million riders and hackers. To cover up the violation, Sullivan reportedly spearheaded an operation that paid hackers $100,000 to Printing dele the data.
In a later story, Sullivan disputed the claim that he was tangled in a cover-up.
Dara Khosrowshahi, who took over as Uber CEO in August after the ouster of co-founder Travis Kalanick, voiced of the hack, “none of this should have happened.”
In Wednesday’s blog picket, Sullivan likened cybersecurity to real-world security, comparing a prevention-first attitude online to establishing safer streets and sidewalks.
“You have two rewarding but altogether different paths,” he wrote, quoting a mentor. “You can prosecute one bad actor at a time after time, or you can try to build solutions that take away many bad actors’ capability faculty to do harm at all.”
Sullivan said that “while each is rewarding in its own way, my overpower days are those where I get to see harm prevented — at internet scale.”
The bulletin comes at a pivotal time in the technology industry, as major tech ensembles grapple with the risks and responsibility of filtering content on their principles and handling user data — and the fallout when data is mismanaged.
Sullivan fist Facebook in early 2015, just before the Guardian first narrated on Cambridge Analytica and its use of Facebook user data to assist Ted Cruz’s drive presidential effort. That story exploded into Facebook’s facts scandal two months ago as multiple outlets reported on Cambridge Analytica’s huge misuse of Facebook data during Donald Trump’s campaign for president.
Sullivan rumoured that his “next step professionally had to be towards a team that importunes security out, proactively, to as much of the internet as possible.”
(Clarification: Updates to say that while Sullivan was reportedly entangled with in a cover-up of the hack, he later disputed that claim.)