Sony Seeks To Boost Online Security

Sony’s issues with online security have been widely reported – and criticised – in the past couple of months, and in a bid to rebuild
its reputation the Japanese company has appointed a former US National Cyber
Security Centre director.

Philip Reitinger has been appointed to the newly-created
post of chief information security officer at Sony and will become a senior
vice-president reporting to the general counsel Nicole Seligman.

Last April 100 million users of Sony’s PlayStation Network, Sony Online Entertainment and subsequently Sony Pictures had their information compromised due to several
breaches of its online security.

Philip Reitinger

While the company offered an apology and compensation to those affected, its reputation – and
profits – still took a sizeable hit.

When asked if the online attacks had been the genesis for the new
appointment, a spokesperson said: “Certainly the network issue was a
catalyst for the appointment. We are looking to bolster our network security
even further.”

Reitinger previously worked with Microsoft, as well as
the US Department of Defence, and will operate from a base in Washington.

With shares in the company taking a 55 per cent dip since
the company revealed the hacking, this move will be seen by shareholders as one
which had to be taken. Whether or not it will have the desired effect will only be known in

Source: Reuters

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