The First 90 Days: A Look Back at Alex Stamos’ Beginning of Tenure as Yahoo’s CISO
In early March we reported that Alex Stamos would replace Justin Somaini as Chief Information Security Officer. Stamos is well known in the IT industry for his expertise in cloud computing, and web, mobile and network applications security. After three months in his new position, we’re ready to check back in and see how Stamos and the company have fared in the wake of a huge leadership change.
Addressing Hacking Problems
Stamos was rumored to have been tapped after a series of security breaches within the company, including hacking problems with the refreshed Yahoo mail. Stamos was tasked with not only continuing to protect the company from such attacks, but also creating a standard for how information security should work in the future.
Acting quickly, Stamos turned on HTTPS encryption by default for the company’s homepage and enabled the encryption of mail between Yahoo’s servers and other mail providers in order to prevent future hacking, and to restore confidence in the company’s newly refreshed Yahoo mail. Stamos also announced plans to implement HSTS, Certificate Transparency and Perfect Forward Secrecy in efforts to improve the data security of the company’s web platform.
Stopping Information Infiltration
In the early spring of this year Yahoo, along with other big-name search engines, was reportedly profiled by the NSA and GCFW, who infiltrated the information belonging to the company by zeroing in on the information in transit between data centers.
As we predicted, Stamos, an outspoken critic of U.S. surveillance operations, moved quickly to prevent future infiltrations and has recently announced plans to expand the company’s data center in Quincy, WA. The company also purchased 18 acres of land just north of the company’s existing data center in California, presumably to expand data center operations and further to secure the transmittance of information between data centers.
Your Opportunity – Then and Now
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