Sony is taking steps to repair damage caused by more than 100 million customers having their personal information leaked. The company has hired Philip R. Reitinger, previously head of U.S. cyber security, to take charge of all security matters effective immediately.

In the newly created position of senior vice president and chief information security officer, Reitinger will report to Nicole Seligman, Sony’s  executive vice president and general counsel, corporate executive officer. Sony had previously stated the top security person would report directly to Shinji Hasejima, Sony’s chief information officer.

Reitinger resigned on May 19 from his position as deputy undersecretary overseeing cyber security and computer crimes for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He also has held senior cyber security positions at Microsoft, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Department of Justice.

His first initiative at Sony will be a formal privacy and security review of all computer networks across all businesses, not just Sony Computer Entertainment.

Sony shut down the PlayStation Network and Qriocity streaming video and music network on April 20, following the hacker intrusion, and did not fully restore them until July 4.

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Photo of Philip R. Reitinger courtesy of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security