Uber on Thursday announced that it had hired Joe Sullivan as its first chief security officer.

Sullivan joins Uber from Facebook, where he worked at the social network’s Chief Security Officer for more than five years. On a blog post announcing the new hire, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said Sullivan will join the transportation startup toward the end of April.

Before Facebook, Sullivan spent almost seven years at PayPal and eBay. He also worked for the Department of Justice for eight years prosecuting cybercrime.

In his own statement, Sullivan wrote that he firmly believes that “building world-class safety and security are critical” to furthering Uber’s mission of “revolutionizing transportation.”

As The New York Times points out, Sullivan is a big hire for Uber. It also underscores just how important security is to the company.

Uber handles a ridiculous amount of sensitive information. When you order an Uber, you’re offering up your phone number, your name, your credit card information and, even more importantly, your location.

With Uber facilitating what it says are “millions of trips per day,” making sure that kind of sensitive location data is kept secure if going to be incredibly important.

And it’s not just for passengers. Tens of thousands of individuals drive cars for Uber — their information needs to be secure too. In February, Uber reported that a data breach in 2014 may have compromised sensitive information from more than 50,000 of its drivers… see more

source: mashable