LATE TO THE SECURITY GATE ?

8. September 2011, 18:06 | by WD Milner | Full Article |

Sony announced this week that it has hired Philip Reitinger, former deputy undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, as a vice president and to fill the newly created post of Chief Security Officer.

Please note the “newly created” in the above paragraph. We are talking here about one of the largest multinational corporations in the world. A company with massive interests and investment in information technology and related fields. A company that has been involved in the world of computers and information technology for decades. And yet they are only now, after having their systems compromised a dozen times around the world in a matter of months (and who knows how many other times that haven’t been disclosed), do they get around to appointing a Chief Security Officer? Somebody has really been asleep at the wheel. Oh, it gets better. He will also be in charge of privacy issues as well. Apparently they didn't have anyone looking after that either.

Reitinger will be responsible for overseeing Sony's information security and locking down its services. According to Sony's announcement, he will work "closely with key headquarters groups and working in partnership with the information security community to bring the best ideas and approaches to Sony." Better late than never.

It will be interesting to see if he can, despite wide experience in a bureaucratic environment, make any real change in a corporate environment that is more interested in suing an amateur hardware hobbiest and putting rootkits on customer’s computers than it is in securing their own computer networks and protecting client information.

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Keywords: Sony,CSO,Reitinger,security

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