September 6, 2011
Sony Hires New Security Chief After Breaches
Months after a massive hacking attack leaked credit card and security information on 100 million of its user accounts from its games networks, embattled Sony Corp. has chosen a former official from the US Department of Homeland Security for the new post of Chief Information Security Officer, Reuters is reporting,Philip Reitinger, previously director of the US National Cyber Security Center, who has also worked for Microsoft and the US Department of Defense, will become senior vice president and will report to general counsel Nicole Seligman, the Japanese electronics conglomerate said on Tuesday.
“Certainly the network issue was a catalyst for the appointment,” a Sony spokesman told Reuters on Tuesday. “We are looking to bolster our network security even further.”
Reitinger will be responsible for assuring the security of Sony´s information assets and services, oversee information security, privacy and internet safety across the company. He will also be coordinating closely with key Sony groups and working in partnership with the information security community.
Late last month, Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer commented at the IFA Conference in Berlin on the difficulties his company faced with the PlayStation Network breach, but indicated that such troubles were now in the past, CNet reports.
“I´m pleased to tell you that the PSN is more secure and better than ever,” Stringer explained. “We are aggressively expanding its content. We have more than 3 million new customers since the network came back online, and sales are exceeding what we had before the cyber attacks.
“This year, we at Sony have been flooded, we´ve been flattened, we´ve been hacked, we´ve been singed,” he continued. “But the summer of our discontent is behind us.
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