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News: Sony Looking To Protect Customers From Further Hacks With New Security Standards

Sony hasn’t had the best of times recently, what with all the bad press they’ve received after numerous attacks directed at the PSN over the last few years as well as the recent attacks by Kim Jong-Un and his mates which prompted the cancellation of The Interview.

Hacks and attacks can really damage a company, as Sony is only too aware and it can have a knock on effect causing potential customers to be put-off in the face of privacy and security issues.

It seems Sony realises that proper online protection is needed to keep customers and stakeholders happy, so they’re hiring for a new Director of Vulnerability Management Engineering to prevent further mishaps.

The position at the firm covers almost everything that Sony has their hand in, films, music and most importantly to our readers – gaming.

The job posting states that the successful applicant will be responsible for the following:

  • Unify and enhance Sony’s global information security architecture, to include a cohesive vulnerability management strategy encompassing all Sony Group companies
  • Serve as a technical security subject matter expert and advisor for global information security priority initiatives
  • Lead multiple teams of highly technical engineers and developers, providing thought leadership, career development, mentorship, and technical guidance
  • Oversee the development of vulnerability management systems, initiatives, integration, and technical assessment support
  • Lead teams and coordinate efforts or initiatives for penetration testing, system and application vulnerability management, overall technical risk assessments, and hunting operations
  • Develop and refine global information security technical standards, guidelines, and training
  • Support coordination of budgetary planning activities for Sony Group company expenditures related to information security tools and services, to include leadership of enterprise mid-range planning activities
  • Support the management, planning and execution of the global security engineering budget
  • Assemble and lead diverse sets of information security experts and stakeholders in the formulation of unified information security requirements and architecture standards for Sony’s most critical global projects and contracts
  • Serve as a subject matter expert performing intra-company advisory services related to security architecture strategy and technology implementation

From the highlighted text above it is apparent that Sony isn’t just looking to beef up security for one particular section of the corporation, but all of them, including the PlayStation services.

Does this mean the end of PlayStation Network outages, breaches and hacks? Maybe, but if anything has been proven over the last few years it’s that where there’s ill-will, there’s a way, so don’t hold your breath…

What do you think? Let us know down in the comments section below.


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4 comments

  1. Nice find. Sony said on CNN that FBI had told them more than 90% of American companies couldn’t have done anything against that attack and malware. I wonder what the last 10% are doing and if every department of Sony is equally weak againts that type of attack.

  2. While this is a good move. A great move in fact.

    Doing it after the event seems like a waste. They should have had someone competent in this position before all of this began.

  3. In other words they are going to implement security standards consistent with a large global company. Something all global companies implemented long ago. Sony had virtually no security for it’s customers. Just like the PSN vulnerability that resulted in a hack.

    Don’t hold your breath indeed.

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