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Cybersecurity Lessons From the Trial of Uber's Former Chief Security Officer

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  • October 28, 2022

In InformationWeek, Sarah Hutchins and Robert Botkin provided key cybersecurity takeaways from the recent trial of Uber’s former chief security officer. 

“In 2016, Joseph Sullivan was chief security officer (CSO) at Uber when a data breach exposed the personal information of 57 million users,” they wrote. “Earlier this month, after three weeks of trial, Sullivan was found guilty of concealing the data breach and obstructing the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) investigation. He now awaits sentencing, where he faces a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison for the obstruction charge and a maximum of three years in prison for the misprision charge (failing to report a felony), along with a $250,000 fine for each charge.”

“This verdict serves as a cautionary tale of the personal, criminal liability cybersecurity professionals, in-house counsel and other company executives could face if their actions are deemed to ‘cover up’ a data breach,” they continued.

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Law clerk Alexandria Hill also contributed to the article.