Much-maligned Sony announced Tuesday that it has hired a former U.S. cybersecurity official to serve as its first-ever chief information security officer. Philip Reitinger, 49, the former director of the National Cybersecurity Center at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security since June 2009, who tendered his resignation in May, will be tasked with assuring the protection of the multibillion dollar company’s assets and services. It’s been a tough year for Sony, which has experienced multiple breaches, most notably the compromise of its PlayStation Network and Qriocity services, which resulted in the exposure of the personal details of tens of millions of users. Reitinger has been in the private sector before, where he held the role of chief trustworthy infrastructure strategist at Microsoft.
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