Sony Hires New Information Security Officer

by Joe Juba on Sep 07, 2011 at 05:45 AM

The attack on PSN and the service's subsequent downtime may not give gamers much cause to trust Sony's cyber security. The company hopes to change that, and has recruited a former Homeland Security official to protect its customers' information.

Philip Reitinger was formerly the director of the U.S. National Cyber Security Center, and Sony has hired Reitinger for the position of chief information security officer. The move is probably a good one for Sony, which has seen some falling consumer confidence (and stocks) since the hack back in April.

"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." This comment goes hand-in-hand with other recent statements from the company.

Though "network issue" seems like a polite way to refer to the whole mess, instating an individual with Reitinger's experience is another good step toward restoring faith.

(Source: Reuters)