Sony Hires Reitinger As Cybersecurity Chief

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In terms of security, it’s been an obscenely bad year for Sony. The company suffered a series of embarrassing and very public hacks and attacks on its various sites and systems at the hands of PS3 hacker George Hotz and then, far more maliciously, Anonymous and LulzSec.

The whole bloodbath is both a testament to the disturbing power of hackers and a case study on some of the worst ways to deal with security breaches and associated litigation.

Sony has taken at least one measure to shore up its badly compromised borders by hiring Philip R. Reitinger as its Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, Corporate Executive in charge of global information security and privacy, Sony Corporation.


Philip R. Reitinger

In addition to having the longest job title in history, Reitinger brings an impressive pedigree to the beleaguered company. He formerly worked in cybersecurity for the Department of Homeland Security, as well as for Microsoft, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Reitinger will report to Nicole Seligman, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Corporate Executive Officer, Sony Corporation (second-longest job title ever) and will be in charge of the following:

-Information security
-Privacy and Internet safety company-wide
-Coordinating with key Sony headquarters groups
-Networking with the larger infosec community to generate innovative security ideas
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OSunday replied on Tue, Sep 6 2011 10:10 PM

Wish George Hotz good luck getting past that guy haha.

Hopefully this will solve all the problems with sony getting hacked, by people with MALICIOUS intents though

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I agree OSunday at least GeoHotz did not intend to steal peoples information. Plus look what he ended up with a cushy job working for Facebook.

No system is truly secure and Reitinger will not be able to guarantee that either. Plus if Sony simply does not care to invest any money into the customer side of their systems it will continue to be cannon fodder. I will continue to buy cards at a retailer if I am going to purchase anything from their system.

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AKwyn replied on Wed, Sep 7 2011 1:13 AM

Well... At least it's a decent attempt to save grace.

 

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only time will tell if this is actually a security move or a PR move. Call me skeptical, but I can't help but feel that they are paying for his name and reputation.

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AKwyn replied on Wed, Sep 7 2011 4:10 AM

It's a PR move. Let's not forget they could of plugged up the holes at any minute of when they were open.

 

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rrplay replied on Wed, Sep 7 2011 9:13 AM

initially only Sony top execs were protected and the advice of the IT's to secure the mainstream folks was ignored.Still way to much business and money involved for Sony not bring in a recognizable heavy weight to secure what's left of the company image.

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FloydF replied on Wed, Sep 7 2011 4:54 PM

Hey, applying patches to servers takes man hours and restarting servers takes the system offline and could impact revenue. You can't expect Sony to sped more money and risk reduced profits to protect customer data.

Of course having the site down for a week or two and loosing all customer confidence costs a lot more, but I'm guessing they realize that now.

It's not saving grace, it's damage control, nothing more.

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realneil replied on Sun, Sep 11 2011 11:11 AM

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Reitinger will report to Nicole Seligman, Executive Vice President and ~General Counsel~

If he's working for a lawyer, he'll be trying to track down people to sue the crap out of. Maybe they'll really~illy secure their servers now,........time will tell.

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AKwyn replied on Sun, Sep 11 2011 2:16 PM

FloydF:
Hey, applying patches to servers takes man hours and restarting servers takes the system offline and could impact revenue. You can't expect Sony to sped more money and risk reduced profits to protect customer data.

And we don't expect Microsoft to take Xbox Live offline for maintenance and risk profits, but they did and they're still making money...

Therefore there is no excuse for what Sony has done... It was their responsibility and they screwed up royally.

 

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realneil replied on Sun, Sep 11 2011 4:17 PM

TaylorKarras:
It was their responsibility and they screwed up royally

I agree,......time and time again they did, and the world was laughing at their comedy of errors too.

Long after it was glaringly apparent that ~they~ were the prime target of sophisticated hackers, elementary errors were being exploited on Sony servers throughout the world. They had their ears pinned back for them and they can't deny that it happened.

Maybe this new guy can get a handle on the slipshod way they dealt with user's personal information. It will be a cold day in hell before they get mine,........

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