Sony signs information security chief

US Homeland Security official joins Sony to improve privacy and security

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Sony signs information security chief Sony suffered security breaches on a number of its online services, with disruption lasting weeks.
By  Mark Sutton Published  September 6, 2011

Sony has appointed a former official for the US Department of Homeland Security, to head up security at the company.

Philip Reitinger has joined Sony as senior vice president and chief information security officer, with responsibility for global information security and privacy.

The appointment is in response to hacks against Sony and its PlayStation network, music service and other websites earlier in the year, when up to 100 million accounts were potentially compromised.

Speaking at the announcement of the appointment a Sony spokesman said: "Certainly the network issue was a catalyst for the appointment. We are looking to bolster our network security even further."

Reitinger has previously held security roles with US National Cyber Security Center, Departments of Defence and Justice, and Microsoft.

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