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Sony Hires Former U.S. Homeland Security Official Philip Reitinger as CISO

In response to a series of cyber attacks that resulted in the personal information of more than 100 Million customers falling into the hands of hackers, Sony today announced that it has hired Philip R. Reitinger, a former U.S. Homeland Security official in charge of cyber security, as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer.

Philip R. ReitingerStarting today, Reitinger will be responsible for the security of Sony's information assets and services and will oversee information security, privacy and Internet safety across the company. As Sony’s top information security executive, Reitinger will report to Nicole Seligman, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Corporate Executive Officer, which contradicts a previous statement from the company back in May when it said the newly created position would report to Shinji Hasejima, Sony’s CIO.

Reitinger has held cyber security positions in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Microsoft, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Reitinger holds a law degree from Yale Law School, and a bachelor of engineering degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Vanderbilt University.

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For more than 10 years, Mike Lennon has been closely monitoring the threat landscape and analyzing trends in the National Security and enterprise cybersecurity space. In his role at SecurityWeek, he oversees the editorial direction of the publication and is the Director of several leading security industry conferences around the world.