Sony Taps Former Homeland Security Chief to Help Solidify Network Security

Posted Wed, Sep 07, 2011 by Martuk

Sony’s handling of the cyber attacks that eventually compromised the details of over 100 million accounts between the Playstation Network and Sony Online Entertainment services back in April were a major blow to the company and consumer confidence. The method in which the breach was handled may go down in the history books as a prime example of how not to handle a crisis following a security breach of that magnitude, a subject that Sony had to address in a written response to congress.

Sony rebuilt the Playstation Network following the incident and has since been hard at work trying to regain consumer trust and tighten its network security to ensure that another incident like the one that stemmed out of April never happens again. This week Sony tightened its security net quite a bit more by hiring Homeland Security’s former Director of the US National Cyber Security Center Phillip Reitinger as their new Chief Information Security Officer and Senior Vice President.

A Sony spokesperson told Reuters that the appointment of Reitinger comes from a desire to further bolster the network’s security following the April incident.

"Certainly the network issue was a catalyst for the appointment," a Sony spokesman said. "We are looking to bolster our network security even further."

What do you think of Sony’s new Homeland Security muscle? Does having a man responsible for defending the nation from cyber attacks bolster your confidence? Tell us what you think in the comments below.


This is pretty embarrassing for Sony, have to write congress and all. But, I feel like Sony is to blame; and shouldn't get any help. It is their fault for not being proactive about their security and expecting this not to happen; how should we trust a company too big to fail but yet can't afford a couple decent net admins? If it can happen once it can happen again. So this just makes me expect Sony releasing waves of games/FTP + shops in an attempt to pull in money, in which I will be passing on. They will be unpolished garbage.

Why doesn't Homeland Security, even an EX Cheif, at the very least, act like they have some higher priorities then a couple hundred million SOE customer accounts to deal with.

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