“Apple Inc, amid a pitched battle with the U.S. government over law enforcement’s desire to crack into iPhones, has hired a new security executive to oversee its corporate digital defenses, people familiar with the matter said,” Joseph Menn reports for Reuters.
“Apple appointed George Stathakopoulos, formerly vice president of information security at Amazon.com Inc and before that Microsoft Corp’s general manager of product security, to be vice president of corporate information security, the people said,” Menn reports. “Stathakopoulos reports to Apple’s chief financial officer [Luca Maestri] and will be responsible for protecting corporate assets, such as the computers used to design products and develop software, as well as data about customers. The company’s heads of hardware and software remain in charge of protecting users of Apple’s products.”
Menn reports, “Stathakopoulos started a week ago at Apple, according to people familiar with matter, after working since 2010 at Amazon, which has a strong reputation among security professionals.”
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