Sony Hires Former Department of Homeland Security Official after Hacking Incident

Paul Lilly

Out of all the recent high profile hacker attacks, Sony arguably stands out the most, both because it was targeted on more than one occasion, and due to the severity of the security breach. Sony's PlayStation Network (PSN) went down for the count longer than anyone anticipated, including Sony, and everything from personally identifiable information to credit card numbers were compromised. Sony wants to make sure that never happens again.

For that very reason, Sony went out and hired Philip Reitinger, a former U.S. Department of Homeland Security agent, to lead the company's new position of chief information security officer, Reuters reports .

"Certainly the network issue was a catalyst for the appointment," a Sony spokesman told Reuters. "We are looking to bolster our network security even further."

Reitinger served as director of the U.S. National Cyber Security Center prior to joining Sony, and has also held positions with Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Defense. Sony's banking on his extensive security resume being enough to prevent any future incidents that might again compromise 100 million user accounts.

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