Apple has hired David Rice, executive director of the Monterey Group and faculty member with IANS, as its global director of security. It's the latest in a series of high-profile security hires for the company. Former Mozilla security chief Window Snyder was hired as a senior security product manger in March.
Mr. Rice may be familiar to some readers as the author of Geekonomics, a book about "the astonishing lack of consumer protection in the software market and how this impacts economic and national security." Rice suggests that software is infrastructure, and the risk of poor security in consumer and business software is, in fact, a security risk to all of us.
Rice goes on to suggest that taxes may be required to spread the cost of reducing risk and that weak security in the tech sector is a matter of public policy, not just of private enterprise building unsafe systems. An analogy is made to the auto industry in the 50s and 60s, where style trumped safety. It will be interesting to see how Mr. Rice's employment at Apple bolsters its security profile going forward with the rise of iOS devices in enterprise and government.
[Via All Things Digital]