Apple Hires NSA Pro David Rice as Security Boss

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Apple has apparently hired former U.S. Naval cryptology officer and NSA global network vulnerability analyst David Rice to serve as Global Director of Security. The Mac, iPhone and iPad maker isn’t commenting on the hiring, but insider sources claim Mr. Rice will start work some time in March, according to AllThingsD.

Mr. Rice is expected to focus on mobile security, especially for iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad, since that’s a key selling point for enterprise-level companies.

Apple’s new security boss: David Rice

Along with his government credentials, Mr. Rice is the executive director of the tech security consulting company Monterey Group, serves on the faculty of the information security research company IANS, works with the nonprofit cyber attack research group U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit, is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, and is the author of “Geekonomics.”

Mr. Rice isn’t the only security-related hire Apple has gone after as of late. The company also hired Ivan Krstic who previously served as the head of security for the One Laptop Per Child project, Mozilla security chief Window Snyder, and former PGP CTO Jon Callas.

With Mr. Rice heading up that team, Apple looks to be taking a more proactive approach to mobile and cyber security.

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Thank goodness Apple is taking security seriously unlike Microsoft who is a total joke whos Windows 7 just had the second largest security “patch” in the history of all their operating systems. Windows is still a hackers dream OS. Hopefully iOS will remain unfriendly to the hackers with these new Geniuses coming onboard the Cupertino empire. Rock Solid move and Spot On Steve !

Lee Dronick

Coming soon to the iPhone, a screw head shaped like the artist’s name formerly known as a Prince. And I don’t mean Reed & Prince.


Apple secure?  rofl

Go to the National Vulnerability Database (  Type in Apple and hit “Search last 3 months” the same for Microsoft.  There are more vulnerabilities in Apple products than Microsoft products.  Same for the last 3 years.  Apple doesn’t even have the breadth of software (e.g. serious office suite) as Microsoft…Apple just has a better PR department.

Lee Dronick

Apple doesn?t even have the breadth of software (e.g. serious office suite)

Yeah, it really sucks that MicroSoft Office isn’t available for the Mac.


Please don’t feed the troll.

Lee Dronick

Please don?t feed the troll.

Sorry, I couldn’t resist. However, preteens do need a good diet.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Harry, I think you misread the poster who was later unceremoniously labeled a “troll”, apparently because he disagrees with the religion espoused by the moderator.

He brings up a very valid point about security. Microsoft has more users and wider ranging products, and still, over the short term and the almost long term, Apple beats them on vulnerabilities, as in Apple has far more.

It’s stuff like this where the fanboys really lost me over the last couple of years. At least be honest about your faults, especially when presented with hard data about them.

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