Eric Grosse served as the chief of security for Google for a number of years, stepped down into a more hands-on role back in 2015, and has now confirmed that he is parting ways with Google once and for all. Mr. Grosse has been with Google since 2007, and in that ten-year tenure, he has seen the company and its users through a good few of the more tumultuous times for digital security in recent history, such as possible state-sponsored attacks on users in 2012, and the aftermath of Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA's civilian observation operations. Now, after ten years, Mr. Grosse is leaving the Mountain View centerpiece without revealing what his future plans may be. Though he is 63 years old and likely has the cash for retirement, chances are slim that a former Google employee will spend their retirement sitting around.
Eric Grosse's last two years at the company were spent in a more hands on role, conducting independent security research. His exact activities during that time were a mystery, though security work on high-profile projects like Chrome, Android, and Google Cloud Platform are all likely guesses. When he transitioned out of his leadership position within the security team, he helped to ensure that his successor, Gerhard Eschelbeck, would lead his old team just as well as he did. Controversially, Grosse stated outright during his time with the company that he was obligated by duty to secure his products against any unauthorized entity and any sort of exploit or attack, even including the United States Government's attempts to secure user information through exploits.
Under Eric Grosse's leadership, Google was able to maintain a high level of security for all of their products, and began their Vulnerability Reward Program, which encouraged independent security researchers and white hat hackers to help Google find security holes in their products that had slipped through their own checks and balances. After Mr. Grosse stepped down into a research role, the company continued to hold a high standard of software and hardware security, a testament to Eric Grosse's teachings to his people and the assistance that he rendered his successor in helping the security team do their jobs well enough to earn renown from the tech community.