GitHub hires first-ever chief security officer

GitHub has added a CSO to its ranks, as the platform seeks to grow and maintain one of the world’s largest collections of open source software projects.

Hanley a big win for GitHub

By all accounts, Hanley’s hire is a win for GitHub — a “score,” said one analyst.

“Mike is about as universally well regarded as it’s possible to be in infosec,” said Chris Gonsalves, senior vice president of research at Channelnomics, formerly The 2112 Group, based in Port Washington, N.Y. “That’s a credit to his formidable technical skills coupled with a proven ability to lead high-functioning teams. He’s former DoD, former CERT [federally-funded Community Emergency Response Team], he has the chops. More importantly, he played a significant role in building Duo’s well-known culture of positivity and excellence, and he’ll certainly bring that to GitHub.”

“It is not hyperbole to say that GitHub has ascended to critical infrastructure status,” Gonsalves said. “Go ask Uber or Twitter how important security is in this environment. In a digital world, code repositories hold the proprietary fabric — the crown jewels — of the world largest enterprises. GitHub is a vital link in the modern supply chain, no matter what industry you’re in.”

by Daryl K. Taft,

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