Sony has recruited a former US Department of Homeland
Security official to help protect its digital assets. Philip
R. Reitinger joins the electronics giant as senior vice president and chief
information security officer in charge of shoring up Sony's online defenses and
safeguarding the company against future cyber attacks.
As well as serving as a top cyber security executive at the
US Department of Homeland Security, Reitinger has helped wage war on hackers
for a number of other organizations include the National Cybersecurity Center,
Microsoft, the US Department of Justice, and the US Department of Defense.
According to Sony's press statement, Reitinger's new responsibilities include
“[overseeing] 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.”
Reitinger's appointment is no doubt part of Sony's ongoing
efforts to better protect its online properties following its high-profile skirmish with hackersback in April, which effectively shut down PSN and
Sony Online Entertainment.
"Certainly the network issue
was a catalyst for the appointment," said Sony spokesman. "We are
looking to bolster our network security even further."
Sony has some big guns in its corner. Hopefully, would-be
cyber criminals will see this hiring as a deterrent rather than a challenge.