Secrecy at Apple

Apple’s secrecy team is staffed with former NSA and FBI agents

The company hires the very best to track down leakers.
Secrecy at Apple

Apple’s secrecy team is staffed with former NSA and FBI agents

The company hires the very best to track down leakers.

Teams dedicated to preventing leaks about new products and other internal information at Apple are staffed by employees with a history in law enforcement and the U.S. military, according to employee LinkedIn profiles.

One of the teams, New Product Security, or NPS, is a hyperfocused group within Apple’s larger Global Security team that focuses on stopping leaks before they happen, according to a recording of a secrecy training briefing obtained by The Outline. Another, the investigations team, tracks down those responsible when leaks do occur, sometimes as part of years-long investigations, according to details shared during the meeting.

Stopping leaks at Apple is a global job, requiring an apparatus that spans from Apple’s factories in China to its campuses in the U.S., according to the briefing — and Apple has hired a number of former law enforcement, military, and intelligence employees to help.

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Employees who work on these teams have worked for local police departments, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Security Agency, the Secret Service, and the U.S. military. They include Michael Rovins, a senior manager on the NPS team, who spent four years as a special agent in the U.S. Secret Service, and seven years in the U.S. Army as an aviation officer before that. Adam Knight, also on the NPS team, worked as a Secret Service special agent for eight years and a Company Commander and Intelligence Officer in the Army for six years. Before working as a senior manager on the NPS team, Peter Bentley worked as a security operations leader for defense contractor Raytheon. Ryan Garvey, a manager on Apple’s new product security team, worked as an information security analyst at the Department of State for three years before joining Apple. NPS employee Laura Denning worked as a program manager at the Defense Intelligence Agency for seven years before working at Apple.