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 ..