Sony hires homeland security veteran as new security chief

Posted on Sep 7 2011 - 12:13pm by Thomas Sharp

A couple of months after hackers attacked and brought down the PlayStation Network, gaining access to the personal data of more than 100 million users, Sony is beefing up its security by hiring a veteran of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as its head of security.

Sony has picked Philip Reitinger, the former U.S. Department of Homeland Security exec, to fill its senior vice president and chief information security officer position. Reitinger has also worked with the U.S Department of Defense and Microsoft for its cyber security.

“He will oversee information security, privacy and internet safety across the company, coordinating closely with key headquarters groups and working in partnership with the information security community to bring the best ideas and approaches to Sony,” the company said.

Sony shut down its PlayStation Network and Quirocity music network on April 20, and kept it offline for nearly a month. The services were fully restored globally on July 4.

Hiring Reitzinger is a smart move for Sony, As a former cyber security deputy chief of the Department of Justice, he can help the firm continue its recovery from last April’s attacks and help hunt those who are responsible for criminal acts against the company.

This move definitely won’t stop hackers from attacking the company in the future, but hopefully it will help protect the company in a more effective way.

Philip Reitinger received his law degree from Yale University. He will be reporting to Nicole Seligman, Sony’s general counsel.

 

via: Ubergizmo

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