Sony Hire New Chief Information Security Officer To Ensure PSN Safety

By Alastair Stevenson on September 6, 2011, 12:49PM EDT
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Following the recent PSN hacking disaster that left as many as 100 million Sony customers personal and billing information compromised, Sony has appointed a new chief information security officer.

In its statement Sony confirmed that ex-U.S. Department of Homeland Security Philip Reitinger would be filling the new role.

Previously director of the U.S. National Cyber Security Center, Sony clarified that Reitinger will join as a senior vice president and will report directly to the company's general counsel Nicole Seligman.

The news comes in the wake of the initial cyber attack Sony suffered in April. The attack saw hackers break into the company's PlayStation Network compromising the personal and billing information of as many as 100 million Sony account holders.

Since Sony revealed the attack, the company has faced widespread criticism and ill-feeling contributing to a 55 percent drop in share value.

"Certainly the network issue was a catalyst for the appointment,"

commented a Sony spokesman. "We are looking to bolster our network security even further."

Source: Reuters

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