Adobe names Brad Arkin its first-ever CSO

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Adobe names Brad Arkin its first-ever CSO
Adobe names Brad Arkin its first-ever CSO

Adobe has created a new position – chief security officer – and the company has tapped a familiar face to serve in the role.

Brad Arkin, formerly Adobe's senior director of product security and privacy, will continue to lead the company's Secure Software Engineering Team (ASSET) and its Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT), which responds to vulnerabilities and exploits.

In a statement, Arkin said the new position will allow him to further grow Adobe's commitment to building security into its products, as well as collaborating with researchers.

"In my new role, I have the opportunity to lead engineering infrastructure security, a team that builds and maintains security-critical internal services relied on by our product and engineering teams, such as code signing and build environments," he said. "I will also continue to manage and foster two-way communication with the broader security community, a vital part of the central security function."

Adobe has experienced its share of security incidents in recent months and years. In September, advanced hackers broke into an internal server to compromise a digital certificate that allowed them to create at least two files that appeared to be legitimately signed by the software maker. The company also has worked to bolster the resiliency of its popular software, Reader/Acrobat and Flash, the frequent source of vulnerabilities.


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