This year's PSN hacking scandal left many Sony customers frightened, confused and frustrated at the apparent ease with which their personal information was compromised. Sony has promised to massively revamp their security in order to ensure that a similar incident won't happen again - and has appointed an senior Homeland Security official as the new Chief Information Security Officer.
Philip Reitinger, previous director of the U.S. National Cyber Security Center, will assume the role of senior vice president within the organisation, reporting directly to Sony's General Counsel. It's an impressive statement of intent, and Sony are up-front about the fact that 'PSN-gate' is the driving force behind his appointment.
Certainly the network issue was a catalyst for the appointment. We are looking to bolster our network security even further. - Sony Spokesman to Reuters
The long term effects of the hacking scandal have yet to become fully apparent, but we hope that measures like this will prevent future incursions into our privacy and personal details.