In addition to the new security measures, practices and policies the company recently implemented following a string of embarrassing hacking attacks, Sony recently announced that it has hired a former Department of Homeland Security official to man its new chief information security officer position.
The company tapped Philip Reitinger, who was previously director of the U.S. National Cyber Security Center, to head its cybersecurity efforts. Upon making the announcement, Sony confirmed what just about everyone was already thinking.
"Certainly the network issue was a catalyst for the appointment," a Sony spokesman said, according to Reuters. "We are looking to bolster our network security even further."
That "network issue" was of course the massive hacking incident the company suffered in late April. The ordeal led to the breach of the private information of more than 100 million users of Sony's online gaming community, the PlayStation Network.
The company is hoping Reitinger, who also has worked for Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Defense, will help it avoid a similar situation in the future.
"He will oversee information security, privacy and Internet safety across the company, coordinating closely with key headquarters groups and working in partnership with the information security community to bring the best ideas and approaches to Sony," the company said.
Sony's incident was one of just several high-profile hacks that have brought Internet security issues to the forefront this year. For example, a hack suffered by the marketing firm Epsilon breached the confidential information of more than 50 of the company's clients. The incident occurred when cybercriminals infiltrated Epsilon's email system and database.
Other cyber attacks were launched against CitiGroup, defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, and several other government agencies.