Sony names new senior VP, chief information security officer

6 Sep 2011

Following a spate of cyber attacks earlier this year, Sony has appointed Philip R Reitinger as senior vice-president and chief information security officer, corporate executive in charge of global information security and privacy, Sony Corporation.

Reitinger ‘s new role is effective as of today.

As Sony Group’s top information security executive, Reitinger will be responsible for assuring the security of Sony’s information assets and services. He will oversee information security, privacy and internet safety across the company, co-ordinating with key headquarters groups and working with the information security community to bring the best ideas and approaches to Sony.

Reitinger will report to Nicole Seligman, executive vice-president and general counsel, corporate executive officer, Sony Corporation.

Reitinger has worked in and with the information security community for many years, and has held key cyber security positions in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Microsoft Corporation, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Department of Justice. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science degree, and from Yale Law School.

Sony had said the cyber attacks on its PlayStation Network, and network services for Qriocity and Sony Online Entertainment earlier this year which led to network services being temporarily shut down, had led to higher costs to cover items such as improved security measures.

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