Facebook Security Chief: Company’s Culture, Tech Not Meeting Security ‘Responsibility’


Facebook’s chief of security, Alex Stamos, was heard stating that the company’s own network was run “like a college campus” in a leaked recording.

ZDNet reports that Facebook’s Chief of Security, Alex Stamos, told staff that the companies internal security practices must be improved to act more like a defense contractor and that the company’s current internal networks was run, “like a college campus.” Stamos made the comments in July during an internal meeting at which Stamos stated that not enough had been done to update the company’s security practices against growing threats, citing a number of issues both technical and cultural.

“The threats that we are facing have increased significantly and the quality of the adversaries that we are facing,” said Stamos. “Both technically and from a cultural perspective I don’t feel like we have caught up with our responsibility.” He continued, “The way that I explain to [management] is that we have the threat profile of a Northrop Grumman or a Raytheon or another defense contractor, but we run our corporate network, for example, like a college campus, almost.” Stamos further added, “We have made intentional decisions to give access to data and systems to engineers to make them ‘move fast’ but that creates other issues for us.”

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