Security Experts:

New CISO Hires at Uber, Square, SailPoint

Ride-sharing giant Uber has quietly snapped up veteran security leader Latha Maripuri to be its Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).

A formal announcement has not yet been made but Maripuri, a security leader with stints at IBM and NewsCorp, has shared the news on her LinkedIn profile.

Maripuri joins Uber from News Corp, where she spent the last six years holding the dual Global CISO and Deputy CTO titles.   

Uber has been without a formal security chief since the departure of John ‘Four’ Flynn in July 2020.  Flynn is now CISO at Amazon.

The CISO seat at Uber has seen its share of security-related controversies recently, including a data breach that eventually led to the ouster -- and legal issues -- surrounding former CISO Joe Sullivan.

Square Hires Google Veteran as New CISO

Separately, payment processor Square has tapped Google security veteran Jim Higgins to manage its security program.

Higgins, who spent the last 10 years managing security engineering, product security, and infrastructure protection teams at Google, will be tasked with securing Square’s financial transactions across mobile devices and in-store hardware terminals.

Square, which is owned and run by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, operates in the financial services space.  The company sells products -- both software and hardware -- to manage payments and transactions for third-party merchants.

Heather Gantt-Evans is New SailPoint CISO

Identity management and governance company SailPoint has given the keys to the CISO office to Home Depot security leader Heather Gantt-Evans.

The company said Gantt-Evans will design SailPoint’s cybersecurity strategy to decrease risk and exposure points across the business and increase collaboration between teams.

Gantt-Evans joins SailPoint from HomeDepot, where she acted as the company’s senior director of security operations and resilience. She was responsible for Home Depot’s security operations centers, network security operations, security engineering, application security and vulnerability management.

Prior to Home Depot, Gantt-Evans held strategic security roles at Ernst & Young, Booz Allen Hamilton supporting Air Force Cyber Command, and served in the U.S. Army Reserves for six years. 

Jameeka Green Aaron Joins Auth0 as CISO 

Auth0, a company that sells an identity platform for application teams, has tapped Jameeka Green Aaron to be its Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).

Aaron, who has held security leadership roles at Nike and Lockheed Martin, will be responsible for the holistic security and compliance of Auth0’s platform, products, and corporate environment, the company said in a statement.

Related:  Reddit Hires Allison Miller as CISO, VP of Trust

view counter
Ryan Naraine is Editor-at-Large at SecurityWeek and host of the popular Security Conversations podcast series. Ryan is a journalist and cybersecurity strategist with more than 20 years experience covering IT security and technology trends. He is a regular speaker at cybersecurity conferences around the world. Ryan has built security engagement programs at major global brands, including Intel Corp., Bishop Fox and Kaspersky GReAT. He is a co-founder of Threatpost and the global SAS conference series. Ryan's career as a journalist includes bylines at major technology publications including Ziff Davis eWEEK, CBS Interactive's ZDNet, PCMag and PC World. Follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanaraine.