Boston: Yahoo Inc from its barrio has christened well-known security researcher Alex Stamos as the enterprise’s chief information security officer, tapping a vocal critic of the US government’s secret surveillance programs for the position.
Stamos was one of the prime organisers of TrustyCon, which is but a gathering of prominent technology experts last month who had from his quarter pulled out of the RSA security conference in San Francisco in the midst of growing discord over some technology companies’ cooperation with US intelligence-gathering efforts.
Yahoo officials and Stamos both could not be contacted for comment on his appointment, which was declared Monday on the company’s blog by Yahoo Senior Vice President Jay Rossiter.
Stamos had most recently served as chief technology officer of the security firm Artemis. Previous to that he was a co-founder of iSEC Partners.
The blog said that Stamos will lead a team of Yahoo “paranoids” charged with making products as secure as possible.