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Aanchal Gupta is director of security at Facebook, leading a global team responsible for assessing and mitigating security risks across Facebook. Her team provides security guidance to the company’s diverse product offerings, including Messenger, Instagram, Oculus, and WhatsApp, and is responsible for ensuring the security of Facebook’s corporate infrastructure, defining security policy, red-team exercises, vendor security reviews, and ensuring compliance. She is passionate about building diverse teams, and her team runs security programs and operations that partner with universities to build a diverse pipeline of security experts.
Before joining Facebook, Ms. Gupta was chief information security officer at Microsoft for Skype and Skype for Business. In this role she managed several broad areas, including security, privacy, compliance, online safety, efforts to fight abuse, and business continuity. Before joining Microsoft, she led Yahoo’s Global Identity team, contributing to authentication and authorization open standards such as OpenID and OAuth.
Ms. Gupta has more than two decades of experience leading geographically distributed teams developing secure and trustworthy software used by billions. She serves on technical advisory boards for security startups, CloudKnox Security, and ThreatWatch. She is an active speaker at industry and digital innovation events, and has served on the review board for the Grace Hopper and Black Hat conferences.
Growing up in India, Ms. Gupta learned to love math, science, and technology from her dad, an electrical engineer. She is multilingual and holds a master’s degree in computer science from San Jose State University and a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the National Institute of Technology in India. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son, and you can follow her on Twitter and LinkedIn.