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Director of Security, Facebook

Aanchal Gupta is Director of Security at Facebook. She leads a global team responsible for assessing and mitigating security risks across Facebook. Her team provides long-term security guidance to Facebook’s diverse product offerings including Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, Oculus, and WhatsApp. In addition, Aanchal’s team is responsible for ensuring the security of Facebook’s corporate infrastructure, defining security policy, red-team exercises, vendor security reviews, and ensuring compliance. She has a dedicated team focused on running various Security Program and Operations that partner with universities to build diverse pipeline of security experts.

Prior to joining Facebook, she 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, fighting abuse, and business continuity. Before joining Microsoft, Aanchal led Yahoo’s Global Identity team, contributing to various authentication and authorization open standards such as OpenID and OAuth.

Aanchal has more than two decades of experience leading geographically distributed teams developing secure and trustworthy software used by billions. Aanchal serves on technical advisory boards for security startups, CloudKnox Security Inc. and ThreatWatch Inc. Aanchal is an active speaker at key industry and digital innovation events. She is passionate about building diverse teams and has served on the review committee for the Grace Hopper conference.

Growing up in India, Aanchal learned to love math, science and technology from her dad, an electrical engineer. She is multi-lingual and holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from SJSU and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from NIT, India. She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son.