Sony taps Homeland Security for PSN security head

US National Cyber Security Center director Philip Reitinger brought in to fill newly created chief information security officer position at electronics giant.

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Earlier this year, after hackers stole personal information from the PlayStation Network user base and brought parts of the online service down for a month, Sony pledged to create a new chief information security officer position to help the electronics giant avoid a repeat of its problems. Sony has apparently found just the person for the job in the US Department of Homeland Security.

PSN is back online, and Sony hopes to keep it that way.

Reuters today is reporting that former US National Cyber Security Center director Philip Reitinger will be assuming the post. In addition to his work at the DHS, Reitinger has previously worked for the US Department of Defense and Microsoft.

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

In April, the PlayStation Network came under attack from a group of hackers that exposed the personal information of the system's 75 million users and brought parts of the service down for more than a month. Last week, Sony CEO Howard Stringer said that the service has actually grown by 3 million users since the hack.

Discussion

43 comments
98stang
98stang

My heart goes out to Sony's PlayStation Division, ONLY making $434 million in profit for the 2011 fiscal year. They need all the help they can get!! Let keep them in our hearts and minds for a better year next year, is $1,000,000,000 in profits really too much to ask for??? (my post = sarcasm)

holtrocks
holtrocks

Just wrong gamespot don't ever do a headline like that again.

Frosty192
Frosty192

@Metal_Jaws Thinking of that actually makes everything better haha.

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

Well this is a big positive because the US Government never gets hacked...oh, wait a minute.

JohnF111
JohnF111

Next step is a PSN fingerprint scanner to log in, and an optic scanner to boot up games. I joke of course but good i guess getting some serious experience on the team.

Metal_Jaws
Metal_Jaws

LOL, the Darth Vader theme song should play in the background as you read that headline...

dipsetboy17
dipsetboy17

sony was not joking. they are winning back people's trust in psn.

soulless4now
soulless4now

Seems like it's one step in the right direction so kudos to Sony for that.

zidan4000
zidan4000

@Diophage so true , people are getting so attached to their "virtual" selves and they care about that more than they actually care about their real lives.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Simply beefing up security isn't exactly enough, Sony and the public needs to know that the proper authorities will be able to prosecute any and all attackers to the best of their ability.

ydnarrewop
ydnarrewop

Awesome news...makes me want to spend some moolah on PSN again :D

Infinity_Gauntl
Infinity_Gauntl

Great I hope your able to bust all the hackers!!!!! -It would be cool if they developed a program that finds hackers and permanatly shuts down thier consoles and a safety device that breaks the console if its opened or tampered with. I bet after replacing 2-3 of them it would stop hackers from messing around with it and maybe they would just play the games like the system is intended to do.

Diophage
Diophage

@marvel456 I don't care about receiving thumbs down. In fact, if people truly disagree with what I say, I want them to give me a thumbs down. Or better yet, I want them to reply to me and tell me what they think. But other people are too obsessed with receiving thumbs up (especially on Youtube and stuff). I've seen it too many times where someone gets angry and upset that they're getting thumbs down, and start to ask why people are giving them thumbs down. And I see some people take it a step further by saying things a majority will agree with just to get thumbs up, even if they don't actually believe what they're staying. It's sad how hollow people have become.

farzin0047
farzin0047

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spoonybard-hahs
spoonybard-hahs

@ Landsharkk And you haven't worked in a major corporation, either. A company doesn't make an entirely new position and then hire someone of note to fill a chair and produce zero output. Especially in this economy. As far as investors go, you really have no idea how their relationship works with a company. Investors have a right to see the goings on of the company and to physically see that their investment is running smoothly. If Sony truly hired this guy in title only to do nothing, that would worsen the company/investor relationship.

charlieboomboom
charlieboomboom

just look at the words they use. They want to call it terror, but cant find any links to al qaeda. Sony had it coming

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@Bezee4u Damn straight it is! Haha. Things just keep looking up for us Sony gamers at the moment :)

gameking5000
gameking5000

Hackers are the reason we can't have good things.

marvel456
marvel456

@Diophage lol, someone thumbed down your comment :P

tahashaikh15
tahashaikh15

It was a bad idea to taunt the hackers.Now they might try harder to hack there system again just to prove that they are better.(thats why hackers hack and crackers crack

DCSchark
DCSchark

Things keep getting better for Sony. Nice... 8)

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

getting a guy from homeland security? i can honestly say i did not see that coming.

servb0ts
servb0ts

Sony did a good job with their choice, but bad job taunting hackers.

Flint247
Flint247

They brought in the "Big Guns". :D Glad they are taking things seriously now.

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

Sony was lucky nothing apparantly happened with those credit cards, but its fantastic to see how much they've stepped up with security. Hell, jailbreaking PS3's isn't as easy as it was only a couple months ago thanks to their patches actually doing well against the jailbreak. Congrats Sony.

Bezee4u
Bezee4u

I'm sure its reassuring to Sony fans that security is now been taken more seriously. Good job Sony.

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

@blovtom Hiring someone means nothing. It's whether or not Sony decides to use his skills that's important. Sony may have hired him to help calm their investors into thinking they are taking security matters more seriously. However, just because he's there doesn't mean he can do anything to help Sony's security. If they put him into a position where he can actually make changes then that's good for Sony, but nowhere in this article does it explain how much change he is allowed to make behind the scenes. I might get thumbs down for this, but the majority of you have never worked in a large corporation where titles mean nothing when you aren't given the power as well.

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

@deathstream: It's sad that you had to point out that it was a joke. It doesn't speak badly of you, I'm criticizing the people who can't take a joke.

DLazarek
DLazarek

I wish him luck. He certainly has his work cut out for him. There is a small bit of irony in the fact that he once worked for Microsoft. ;)

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@EnigmaWarrior Yeah, they've been caught, they now work for Sony, or Microsoft. That'll teach em!

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Good to see. It looks like Sony is pulling out the checkbook and not leaving nothing to chance this time around.

blovtom
blovtom

lol to all those who claimed sony did not learn their lesson

deathstream
deathstream

Sony brought in someone from Homeland Security? QUICKLY! TURN OFF YOUR PS (sp-?)EYE CAMS! * please note that this is not a fanboy rant, but a silly joke about Homeland Security and the "Patriot" Act.

Diophage
Diophage

@Spacerac I have three ideas as to who would give a thumbs down to that. 1. Someone who hates Sony (Hackers, Xbots, etc.) 2. Someone who hates less than perfect grammar. 3. Someone who personally hates the individual that posted that comment.

endorbr
endorbr

Sounds like a smart move.

Spacerac
Spacerac

Who would thumbs down someone saying they hope PlayStation never gets hacked again?

BibiMaghoo
BibiMaghoo

Its funny how no one trusts them yet not a single report of credit card fraud has been made. For everyone that didnt listen at the time I will repeat what was said. Any credit card details stolen would have been completely useless to anyone. Why? because Sony never have and never will store the security number from the back of the card, making any theft the the data useless.

zzamaro
zzamaro

Great to know, but I still won't trust Sony with my crad info. I'm sticking to pre-paid cards now :)

tarikm92f
tarikm92f

hope they never hack it again.

EnigmaWarrior
EnigmaWarrior

Have the hackers been prosecuted yet? It would suck if they actually got away with this. >_> It would just inspire more of those idiots to try it again if they think there wouldn't be any consequences to their actions.