Following last week’s news that Apple had lost another iPhone prototype, PC Mag has discovered that Apple is now hiring for two positions that are titled “New Product Security Managers”. Curiously, the positions became available just a day after CNet reported that an iPhone 5 prototype had been lost at a San Francisco bar.
That’s probably somewhat of a coincidence, but it’s clear Apple wants to step up its efforts in safeguarding future products and its intellectual property, describing the new jobs as follows:
The candidate will be responsible for overseeing the protection of, and managing risks to, Apple’s unreleased products and related intellectual property. Position will reside in Cupertino, California and will require up to 30% travel (international and domestic).
The individual will collaborate with other security managers by contributing to, and managing execution of, strategic initiatives set forth by Director, Global Security.
That ‘Director of Global Security’ is David Rice, a former NSA vulnerability analyst and author of ‘Geekonomics’, a book that discused “the astonishing lack of consumer protection in the software market and how this impacts economic and national security”. He was hired by Apple back in January of this year, after Apple also hired Window Snyder as Apple’s senior security product manager in March of 2010.