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Sony Corp. has hired a former U.S. Department of Homeland Security official as its new top security executive.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced today her appointment of Philip Reitinger as the Deputy Undersecretary of the Department’s National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD)*. In this role, Reitinger will be charged with protecting the U.S. government’s computing systems from domestic and foreign threats.
As a current member of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Advisory Council, Reitinger advises the FEMA administrator on aspects of cyber security related to emergency management. He is an expert on computer crime and policy, and previously was the Executive Director of the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DOD) Cyber Crime Center, charged with providing electronic forensic services and supporting cyber investigative functions department-wide. Before joining DOD, Reitinger served as Deputy Chief of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property division at the U.S. Department of Justice.
Under Mr. Wahlin's leadership a new security operations center (SOC) has been created, in partnership with security contractor ArcSight, Inc. and hardware provider Hewlett-Packard Comp. (HPQ). The Sony CSO hopes to emulate the successes of top security teams like the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Group. Among his tools are automated defenses, penetration testing, and regular code audits.
As mentioned, the results are paying off -- Sony hasn't been hacked lately. And even when it has suffered the occasional intrusion, it's locked it down before much damage could be done.
Taking on the Russians with U.S. military, and later the Chinese (or "state-sponsored guys" as Mr. Wahlin ambiguously refers to them as in the piece) was hard enough, but taking on Anonymous is a brand new and potentially greater challenge. But while Mr. Wahlin may not be able to stop every single attack, he is the face of a new era for Sony, a company that went from having four security employees to having a solid security task force, manned by some of the world's best and brightest. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention.
The technique is called a "roving bug," and was approved by top U.S. Department of Justice officials for use against members of a New York organized crime family who were wary of conventional surveillance techniques such as tailing a suspect or wiretapping him.
Nextel cell phones owned by two alleged mobsters, John Ardito and his attorney Peter Peluso, were used by the FBI to listen in on nearby conversations. The FBI views Ardito as one of the most powerful men in the Genovese family, a major part of the national Mafia.
The surveillance technique came to light in an opinion published this week by U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan. He ruled that the "roving bug" was legal because federal wiretapping law is broad enough to permit eavesdropping even of conversations that take place near a suspect's cell phone.
Kaplan's opinion said that the eavesdropping technique "functioned whether the phone was powered on or off." Some handsets can't be fully powered down without removing the battery; for instance, some Nokia models will wake up when turned off if an alarm is set.
Originally posted by bknapple32
What do tptb get out of spying on my tv? So what if they know I DVR the walking dead and dexter... Big whoop... I just dont get the point? Nothing feasible could be ascertained by spying on my directv habits...
Pointless use of government time, hmm maybe there is something to this.
just because you’re paranoid, don’t mean they’re not after you