After PSN was hacked, Sony announced sweeping reforms to their security posture including the creation of a new position that would be their top security guy. At that time it was just high level in terms of what this person would do, now they actually have their man. Sony has appointed former director of the US National Cyber Security Center, Philip Reitinger to be its new Chief Information Security Officer and a senior vice president. He’ll be based in Washington DC, and will report directly to general counsel Nicole Seligman. I like this move for Sony and I am just surprised they didn’t put any more emphasis on this before the PSN incident but I suppose hindsight is 20/20.
Before working at the federal government, Reitinger was Microsoft Corp.’s chief trustworthy infrastructure strategist “where he was responsible for improving IT protection and security while coordinating closely with government agencies and private partners in order to build trustworthy computing systems worldwide,” according to a statement from the Department of Homeland Security.
Reitinger role will be similar at Sony and he will be “responsible for assuring the security of Sony’s information assets and services . He will oversee information security, privacy and internet safety across the company, coordinating closely with key headquarters groups and working in partnership with the information security community to bring the best ideas and approaches to Sony.