The Democratic National Committee hired Bob Lord as its
new chief security officer on Thursday in an attempt to
strengthen cyber defenses.
Lord previously worked at Yahoo, where he detected one
of the largest known data breaches in history.
The Democratic National Committee announced on Thursday the
hiring of former Yahoo head of information security Bob Lord to
serve as chief security officer in an effort to beef up its cyber
After being brought into Yahoo, Lord discovered a series of data
breaches amounting to the largest known hack in history. Lord was
then tasked with cleaning up the mess and working with the FBI to
find the culprits.
“We’re excited to welcome Bob to the team and can’t wait to work
with him on shoring up the DNC’s institutional cyber
defenses,” DNC Chairman Tom Perez said in a
statement. “When I took this job, I made it crystal clear that
our organization’s cybersecurity required immediate attention and
“I’m confident Bob’s skills and hard work will help protect us
against the sort of cyberattacks and intrusions that are
unfortunately all too common in today’s age,” Perez added.
“Defense is an essential part of any game plan, and I couldn’t be
happier with Bob holding the line for the DNC.”
Lord, a Silicon Valley veteran venturing into politics for the
first time, said in a statement that he is “looking forward to
helping strengthen the cybersecurity infrastructure and strategy
for the Democrats.”
“Cyber attacks are an unfortunate, but very real, threat to our
work,” Lord added. “I’ll be working to protect my new
colleagues at the DNC from the attackers who would prefer to keep
us distracted from our mission of getting Democrats across the
nation elected. And my job doesn’t stop at the front door of the
building — my team and I will work with state parties to update
their information security strategies and deployments to change
the economics for the attackers.”
The DNC’s recruitment of Lord comes after a
disastrous 2016 election cycle for the Democrats in terms of
cyber security, in which operatives working on behalf of the
Russian government obtained countless emails and information to
selectively leak to the public.
The massive hack resulted in a complete house cleaning following
the election by Perez. Lord’s hire is yet another technology
staffer to come from a Silicon Valley background, including DNC
Chief Technology Officer Raffi Krikorian, who has had stints at
companies like Uber and Twitter.
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