Sony appoints ex-Homeland Security chief

Philip Reitinger hired in wake of hacking attacks

Sony has hired Philip Reitinger, who was previously the director of the U.S. National Cyber Security Center, as chief information security officer.

"Certainly the network issue was a catalyst for the appointment," a Sony spokesman told Reuters.

"We are looking to bolster our network security even further."

Reitinger's career history also includes work with Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Defense.

The measure should help prevent hacker attacks like the one experienced by the company in April. Hackers accessed the data of over 77 million user accounts, while Sony Online Entertainment's website was also breaches and customer data lost.

Sony CEO Howard Stringer recently revealed that as well as being more secure, the PSN service was also more successful since the attacks.

"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."

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Latest comments (2)

Kelly Ryan Video Game analyst, n00balert7 years ago
Hopefully he can bring alot of expierience to the table for Sony. I imagine with all the hack's that go on a daily basis at the government level are way more ellaborate than those that go on at Sony.
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Nicholas Russell writer 7 years ago
Only thing more impressive for Sony now, Mr. Ryan, will be the rise they're stocks will be getting. What company has the man who once was chiefly responsible for the all the digital security, including information about black ops weaponry and the national bank roll, for the United States? Sony has, that's who.
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