Obama adviser hired to head Sony’s security

Steve Dinneen
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SONY has hired an ex-US Department of Homeland Security official to head up its security team in a bid to ensure it does not fall victim to a second catastrophic hacking attack.

Philip Reitinger, previously director of the US National Cyber Security Center, will be tasked with making sure Sony has closed the gaps in its security that allowed hackers to steal information about 100m of its users.

Reitinger, who has also worked for Microsoft and the US Department of Defense, was one of President Obama’s key policy-makers during the first two years of his administration. He stepped down in June after finishing a two year review of US national cyber security, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.

The appointment comes as a host of companies, including UPS and Telegraph Media Group, were hit by hackers this week.