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Oct 11, 2023

Joe Sullivan has been at the forefront of managing security risk in rapidly growing high tech companies over the past 20 years serving as the Chief Security Officer at Facebook from early start-up through the IPO, CSO of Uber and CloudFlare, and as a security leader at eBay/PayPal. Joe was also involved in a landmark legal case for a breach at Uber which resulted in a criminal conviction that serves as a precedent for executive liability in cybersecurity going forward.

In this OODAcast we discuss:

  • Joe's early career and how he got interested and involved in technology and started his career as a federal prosecutor focused on cyber crime.
  • The transition into serving as a technology company CSO and his experiences at eBay/PayPal, Facebook, Uber and Cloudflare.
  • Lessons learned from building and managing highly functional security teams in dynamic environments.
  • Frameworks for managing risk at companies like Facebook and Uber.
  • His experiences being prosecuted and convicted surrounding circumstances associated with a 2016 incident at Uber.
  • How the courts will handle future cases like this and the associated liability for C-suite executives.
  • His current work focused on supplying technology for remote learning to displaced children in Ukraine.

Official Bio:
Joe Sullivan is CEO of Ukraine Friends and President of Joe Sullivan Security LLC. Previously, Joe had served as the Chief Security Officer of Cloudflare since July (2018 - 2022). Prior to that, Joe was employed as Chief Security Officer at both Uber (2015 - 2017) and Facebook (2008 - 2015). His first private sector experience was in senior security and legal roles at eBay and PayPal (2002 - 2008). He also held the position of Commissioner for the United States Presidential Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity in 2016 and spent the first eight years of his career with the US Department of Justice, including as a federal prosecutor focused on cyber crime. Joe also advises a number of companies on security practices and mentors a number of developing security leaders.

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