Twitter fired its Information Security head for cutting budget on data security and privacy

Elon Musk has been making headlines recently, not only for his contentious remarks against his company’s investors but also for the abrupt dismissal of his Information Security head. The focus of the controversy lies in allegations made by Alan Rosa, the former head of Information Security and Technology at TESLA.

Rosa accused Musk of pushing for financial cuts in both physical and digital security, a move that he believes compromises data privacy and security. According to Rosa, these budget reductions not only pose potential risks but also contradict existing compliance and regulatory laws in the United States.

In response to Rosa’s outspoken objections, he was promptly asked to leave the company, a termination that reportedly violated labor laws by not providing prior notice. Subsequently, a complaint was filed on Tuesday in the Federal Court of New Jersey on behalf of Rosa, with the legal proceedings scheduled for the second week of January next year.

Elon Musk has yet to respond to the circulating claims on social media, as his legal team is actively seeking more information on the matter. Steve Davis, formerly known as X and currently an advisor at Twitter, is also entangled in this legal dispute. Davis’s involvement stems from his actions in initiating mass layoffs at the beginning of 2023. However, investigations suggest that he was acting upon directives from the StarLink Chief and that his decisions were not specifically targeted at Twitter’s C-suite employees.

Further updates will be provided as the investigation unfolds.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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