Sony Taps Former Homeland Security Chief to Help Solidify Network Security

Sony tightens its network security by hiring former Homeland Security Chief Philip Reitinger as new chief information security officer.

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.




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