Joe Sullivan

Director of Security, Facebook

Joe Sullivan is the Chief Security Officer at Facebook, where he manages the company's teams responsible for information security, product security, investigations, and law enforcement relations. In addition to spending most of his time promoting safety and security for Facebook users, Joe also works on other regulatory and privacy-related legal issues.

Joe is on the boards of the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, and is a member of the Bay Area CSO Council. Joe also is on the Advisory Board of Blue Cava.

Prior to joining Facebook in 2008, Joe spent over 6 years working in a number of different security and legal roles at PayPal and eBay, including at different times, overseeing user safety policies and company relations with law enforcement agencies around the world, guiding eBay's regulatory compliance efforts, and managing PayPal's North America legal team.

Before entering the private sector, Joe spent 8 years with the United States Department of Justice. He was the first federal prosecutor in a US Attorney's office dedicated full-time to fighting high-tech crime, working on many high profile internet cases, ranging from the digital evidence aspects of the 9/11 investigation to child predator, computer intrusion, and economic espionage cases. He was a founding member of a special unit based in Silicon Valley dedicated exclusively to high-tech crime prosecution.

Joe has spoken extensively on internet security and criminal investigations at law enforcement and industry conferences around the world, has testified on two occasions before the U.S. Congress on online safety and security, has appeared many times on television, radio and print media to promote internet safety, has trained prosecutors and judges from many countries on electronic evidence and other cyber-related legal issues, and is very active in promoting internet safety in schools.

Joe’s sessions at USA 2013

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