Sony appoints ex-Homeland Security official for security role following PSNGate

Tuesday, 6 September 2011 11:22 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Sony’s announced that its appointed an ex official at Homeland Security to become its chief information security officer in the wake of PSNGate this past April.

Previous the director of the US National Cyber Security Center, Philip Reitinger will become a senior vice president in his new role at the company. He’ll be based in Washington DC, and will report directly to general counsel Nicole Seligman.

“Certainly the network issue was a catalyst for the appointment,” a Sony rep told Reuters. “We are looking to bolster our network security even further.”

Earlier this April, hackers gained access to PlayStation Network via external intrusion, and compromised the personal details of account holders.

As a result, Sony took the network and PlayStation Store down until May and June respectively.