Sony Hires Homeland Security Official To Crack Down on Hackers

September 6, 2011 Written by Cameron Teague

With the PlayStation Network hack behind them, Sony hopes to ensure that they will be better prepared for future attacks and so have hired security professional Phillip Reitinger, who previously served as director of the U.S. National Cyber Security Center. Reitinger will come on as the senior vice president of Sony Corporation, reporting directly to general counsel Nicole Seligman.

A Sony spokesman had the following to say to Reuters about the hiring:

Certainly the network issue was a catalyst for the appointment. We are looking to bolster our network security even further.

Sony has seen it shares fall over 55 percent since the PlayStation Network was hacked back in April, with information on over 77 million user accounts being compromised. Sony has done a lot since then to repair the trust lost with consumers and share holders, and this move could go a long way towards gaining back even more of that trust, as well as helping protect the company from further embarrassment.

Before taking this position, Reitinger also worked for Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Defense.