Facebook CSO Details Efforts to Protect Users From Abuse and Attack

Today’s topics include Facebook’s chief security officer detailing user security efforts at the F8 conference, and Dell EMC unveiling servers with AI and NVMe support.

At this year’s Facebook F8 event on May 1, Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos delivered a keynote address explaining how Facebook secures itself and its users, and provided some insights and ideas for developers on steps they can take that benefit from the lessons learned by Facebook.

According to Stamos, modern security is about more than just building a secure and trustworthy system. Facebook’s core areas of security include how to protect the company from attack and how to protect users from abuse. The company is also looking at larger issues such as Facebook's role in election security and integrity.

Stamos said, "We have a lot of work to do to understand our responsibility and live up to that responsibility around the world, but I am encouraged that … we have teams all over Facebook that care incredibly deeply about this."

Dell EMC rolled out a broad range of new offerings spanning compute, storage and networking, artificial intelligence and NVM-Express at Dell Technologies World on May 1. These new products came about primarily from Dell EMC for servers and storage and Dell subsidiary VMware for networking and virtualization.

All of the products hit on themes prevalent at the show, including quickly managing and analyzing massive amounts of data to discover new opportunities and drive better business decisions in a fast-changing world.

Highlighting the new systems were the PowerMax enterprise storage system and the four-socket PowerEdge R840 and R940xa, both optimized for AI- and machine learning workloads. PowerMax also supports the NVMe protocol, which accelerates the performance of flash and other non-volatile memory.