Sony Hires Philip Reitinger as New Cyber Security Head

PlayStation maker and hackers’ hot-favourite target Sony Corp. has taken a new initiative to beef up the security of its cyber infrastructure. The company announced on Tuesday that it has hired an ex-Homeland Security official as a part of this move.

Apparently Sony could not think of any one better than Philip Reitinger for this new position. Having proved his efficiency and reliability in the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Reitinger will be joining the company as its new senior vice president and chief information security officer.

The new job description for Reitinger involves looking after Sony’s “assets and services”, and safeguarding them from any external threats.

It was only a few months back when the company’s PlayStation and PC Gaming networks were hacked into, following which personal information such as name, address, phone numbers and even credit cart details of over 100,000 of customers using these services were published over the Web. A number of other hack attacks targeting the company’s various web sites and services also took place during the same period.

"I'm pleased to tell you that the PSN is more secure and better than ever. We are aggressively expanding its content. We have more than 3 million new customers since the network came back online, and sales are exceeding what we had before the cyberattacks," Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer said in a statement at the recent IFA 2011 conference.