TikTok says it plans to hire 100 security, data and privacy protection experts in the U.S. by the end of 2020.
In a blog post, TikTok CISO Roland Cloutier said, "We're focused on hiring the world's top security experts to lead our efforts, while also expanding our security teams who work out of Mountain View, California and Washington, D.C. Our goal is to hire an additional 100 security, data and privacy protection experts in the U.S. by the end of the year. We are creating a centralized global security function, headquartered out of the U.S. and internationally deployed across all markets we serve. This will ensure consistency, availability, and faster responses to emerging global issues and threats to our users and platform. We will also expand our response efforts in Europe, the Middle East and Asia to further supplement ongoing and future security initiatives. The key areas of focus will be cyber defense and user-data access assurance, digital crimes, insider threat, cyber-threat intelligence and risk management."
In addition, Cloutier said that the company will open a second Transparency Center in Washington, D.C. It opened a Center in Los Angeles earlier this year. "Both of these centers will give lawmakers and experts the opportunity to look under the hood of TikTok and assess our security practices and infrastructure," he said. "In addition, we will release a Transparency Report twice a year, providing more information on accounts that we have taken down for violations against our terms of service, unlawful acts and issues that threaten the safety of users."
Last, Cloutier announced that the company will continue to work with global security firms to ensure it complies with globally recognized security control standards like ISO 27001, SOC2, and NIST CSF. "In the coming months, we'll announce more partnerships with security experts and regulators to ensure our community can trust that their data and privacy are protected," he said.