Author(s): Joe Sullivan

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Date: 26 Apr 2013

Document Type: Presentations

Associated Event: NDSS Symposium 2013


“Creative thinking is not a talent, it is a skill that can be learnt. It empowers people by adding strength to their natural abilities which improves teamwork, productivity and where appropriate profits.” — Edward De Bono

As the manager of teams responsible for product and information security at Facebook, Joe believes deeply in the need for operational security teams to remain creative and push limits and not settle into playing passive defense.  Innovation starts with any member of a security team and can inspire not only that team but a whole company to achieve security standards well beyond the “minimum compliance standards” some organizations accept.  Joe will give examples of several different ways his team has evolved dramatically in the last year to address the growing security challenges faced by Facebook’s unprecedented development around the world, and show how willingness to innovate and take chances and unwillingness to fall back on accepted standards were fundamental to the team’s success in each case.