Former Yahoo chief information security officer Bob Lord has been appointed chief security officer at the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the formal governing body for the United States Democratic Party.
The announcement was made on Thursday and Lord has already told his Twitter followers that he is looking to hire.
“Very honored to be able to work with [DNC CTO Raffi Krikorian], [DNC Chairman Tom Perez], and the rest of the amazing team at the DNC,” Lord said on Twitter.
Lord is the DNC’s first CSO. His hiring comes after the organization was the target of cyberattacks in the months leading up to the 2016 presidential election in the United States. Security firms and intelligence agencies attributed the attacks to threat groups previously linked to the Russian government.
Before joining the DNC, Lord was Yahoo’s CISO for nearly two years. While at the tech firm, he led the investigations into the massive data breaches suffered by the company in 2013 and 2014. He was lured by Yahoo after the company’s former security chief, Alex Stamos, joined Facebook as CSO.
A veteran with more than 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, Lord has held leadership positions at AOL, Red Hat, Twitter and Rapid7.