Apple Hires Former Amazon Exec George Stathakopoulos as VP of Corporate Information Security

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Fortune reports that George Stathakopoulos, formerly Vice President of Information Security and Corporate IT at Amazon, has joined Apple in the newly created role of Vice President of Corporate Information Security.

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George Stathakopoulos

Stathakopoulos will report to Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri and "will be responsible for protecting corporate assets, such as the computers used to design products and develop software, as well as data about customers," according to Fortune.

"It's that last part that may be particularly interesting in light of Apple's ongoing fight with the FBI to maintain the integrity of iOS devices," notes Mac Observer. "The FBI has gotten a court order forcing Apple to create a new operating system — dubbed GovtOS by Apple — that bypasses security protections in iOS. Apple is fighting the order, and both parties will take part in an evidentiary hearing on Tuesday, March 22nd."

Stathakopoulos reportedly started his new job last week, but Apple has not announced the hire and declined Fortune's request for comment.

Prior to the 6 years he spent at Amazon, Stathakopoulos was GM of Product Security at Microsoft.

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