A New Role for Muffett: Facebook

Back in June 2011 I joined Surevine – a company of great people whom I cannot commend highly enough* as a excellent working environment, as promoters of open source, and of people who care about software and security and about doing both right. I am pleased to have helped cause some beneficial change at Surevine – including, but not limited to, security awareness, operations architecture and obtaining ISO27001 certification.

All this said: I’ve been offered a really exciting prospect which I’ve decided to pursue.

Thus: I shall shortly be joining Facebook as a software engineer and will be working out of the London/Covent Garden office.

What happens after that will be interesting in a whole variety of ways. 🙂

* If you’re a UK-based security geek or Java developer then go look Surevine up. Send them a resume. Say that “Alec’s blog sent you”; I get no money for this, it’s just a really great company that deserves good people.

5 Replies to “A New Role for Muffett: Facebook”

  1. Facebook? That’s a *real* surprise, as I consider that from a security perspective, they’re in a decidedly bad place and for reasons which, mostly, are not of a technical nature: see http://ctovision.com/2012/02/social-media-change-control-and-security/ , which remains a pretty accurate reflection of my thinking.

    Of course, I hope I’m wrong and you’ve identified a Muffett-sized but solvable problem; very Best of British, anyway :-).

    Also, if you happen to bump into Mike Schroepfer, please give him my regards; I was having a wizard jolly time in N1 Engineering when Sun acquired Centerrun, and Mike and I bounced some interesting ideas around (which eventually led to Adaptive Security, and which seems to be coming around again with DevOps). With Mike’s Centerrun history and your work on Bruce, I think you’ll get on very well, if you haven’t met already.

  2. Facebook in its early days struck me as being held together by pieces of string. To be fair, though, that might of been because they were a small company that lacked the resources to hire really good engineers, rather than a company that didn’t want to. I think they have gradually but steadily improved in this department as time has gone on and they have had more to offer good people. Hiring Alec is obviously consistent with this.

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