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Sony Hire New Security Boss

He's probably taking names and chewing gum.

A former Microsoft executive, who worked with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has defected to Sony’s camp. Phil Reitinger previously served as the Under Secretary of the National Protection and Programs Directorate and as Director of the National Cyber Security Center. It’s fair to say that he’s a fairly good guy to have on board for your online security needs.

This appointment is most likely the result of a search following the infamous PSN hacking scandal earlier this year. Reitinger has done two stints with U.S. government cyber crime fighters. He was an Executive Director of the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center before becoming Microsoft’s Chief Trustworthy Infrastructure Strategist.

He now joins Sony after a more recent stint with the Department of Homeland Security and will no doubt be tightening up their network security in the continuing efforts to ensure a hack-free future for the PSN, wherever possible.

Source: Reuters via CVG.

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26 Comments
  1. colmshan1990
    Member
    Since: Apr 2009

    He sounds like he’s good in that field, although it’s unlikely he’d be doing anything, rather he’d be telling others to do stuff.
    It’s not the management you need to focus on, but the people actually doing the grunt work.

    Comment posted on 06/09/2011 at 12:55.
  2. McProley
    Member
    Since: Aug 2011

    Good for Sony. But is there any details of the previous attck?

    Comment posted on 06/09/2011 at 12:58.
  3. TSBonyman
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    Well, it sounds reassuring at least – which might be part of the intent, i wonder if this news will give Sony shares a boost.

    Comment posted on 06/09/2011 at 13:07.
    • TSBonyman
      Member
      Since: Dec 2009

      Hang on a sec … weren’t Homeland Security hacked too.. ? :/

      Comment posted on 06/09/2011 at 13:11.
    • tatoemonkey
      Member
      Since: Apr 2009

      mmm boost

      Comment posted on 06/09/2011 at 13:14.
      • TSBonyman
        Member
        Since: Dec 2009

        mmm Tayto’s.. ;)

        Comment posted on 06/09/2011 at 13:16.
      • nemesisND1derboy
        Member
        Since: Apr 2010

        Mmmmm Tayto’s indeed. Just had a pack. Yum!

        Comment posted on 06/09/2011 at 13:51.
      • tatoemonkey
        Member
        Since: Apr 2009

        lol

        Comment posted on 06/09/2011 at 15:24.
      • cnutard
        Member
        Since: Apr 2011

        Prawn cocktail or smokey bacon?

        Comment posted on 06/09/2011 at 16:43.
  4. Amphlett
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    Ha, head of security!? I bet he couldn’t decode some of my Assembler 370 XA code from back in the 90’s, I know I sure hadn’t got a clue about half of the stuff I wrote!

    Comment posted on 06/09/2011 at 13:12.
  5. tatoemonkey
    Member
    Since: Apr 2009

    maybe he is a secret spy how still works for microsoft

    Comment posted on 06/09/2011 at 13:15.
    • tatoemonkey
      Member
      Since: Apr 2009

      who

      Comment posted on 06/09/2011 at 13:15.
    • AG2297
      Community Manager
      Since: Feb 2009

      Been playing too many games? :P

      Comment posted on 06/09/2011 at 14:29.
      • tatoemonkey
        Member
        Since: Apr 2009

        definatley

        Comment posted on 06/09/2011 at 15:22.
      • metamorph
        Member
        Since: Jun 2010

        I would not brush off his fears that easily. Microsoft DID indeed send a trojan horse, Stephen Elop, into Nokia. Just sayin’.

        Comment posted on 07/09/2011 at 01:48.
  6. Ossy
    Member
    Since: Jan 2009

    “the infamous PSN hacking scandal” Sounds like something Sony would try and take out a super injunction to try and prevent this from becoming public.

    Comment posted on 06/09/2011 at 13:20.
  7. AG2297
    Community Manager
    Since: Feb 2009

    I’m just intrigued to hear that they can afford someone who was once the “Director of the National Cyber Security Center, Under Secretary of the National Protection and Programs Directorate and Executive Director of the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center”. He sounds expensive.

    Comment posted on 06/09/2011 at 14:31.
    • Amphlett
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      I bet he’s cheaper than the potential consequences of not hiring him.

      Comment posted on 06/09/2011 at 15:02.
    • tatoemonkey
      Member
      Since: Apr 2009

      what a cool job title

      Comment posted on 06/09/2011 at 15:25.
      • cnutard
        Member
        Since: Apr 2011

        Isn’t his job title Director, Programs Directorate and Executive Director? The rest is just his departments?

        Comment posted on 06/09/2011 at 16:45.
    • bunimomike
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      There is no effing way I’m designing his business card!

      Comment posted on 06/09/2011 at 16:31.
      • Bankzy108
        Member
        Since: Sep 2009

        To fit all that in on a business card would be a challenge. Maybe go for A4 business cards? =P

        Comment posted on 06/09/2011 at 16:50.
      • Rocket_345
        Member
        Since: May 2010

        Instead of the pocket sized one’s you’d need to carry an A4 folder with you to put them in.

        Comment posted on 06/09/2011 at 18:44.
  8. MayContainEvil
    Member
    Since: Feb 2011

    Wow, what a title. Odds are that after having been in positions like the ones listed he must be pretty good. Certainly seems like a good move from the limited info available to judge with.

    Comment posted on 06/09/2011 at 16:09.
  9. DJ-Katy
    Member
    Since: Apr 2009

    LOL. Cos Microsoft products and the Department of Homeland Security have never been hacked, over and over, right? *rolls eyes* Oh dear.

    Usually, the more prestigious their title, the less they know about actual IT security. Hire someone who knows something about PS architecture. Hire Geohot and the dudes at ps3devwiki. Then they might actually get something useful done.

    Comment posted on 06/09/2011 at 18:47.
  10. bacon_nuts
    Member
    Since: Mar 2011

    Previous job titles and the top man mean nothing, he’ll be delegating to regular people, its them that need to be better.

    Comment posted on 07/09/2011 at 00:44.

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