In September, for example, Sony announced the appointment of Philip Reitinger, a former U.S. Homeland Security and Defense Department official, as its chief information security officer.
Earlier this year, Sony told TheStreet that it is working with data forensics specialist Guidance Software (GUID) to catch the hackers who breached its PlayStation Network, as well as privately held Data Forté. The company also was working with business consultancy Protiviti, a subsidiary of Robert Half International (RHI), to clean up after the attack, it said.
Stringer, an engaging and entertaining speaker, nonetheless acknowledged that Sony has had a tough year. In addition to the hacking brouhaha and yen-related pressures, the electronics giant has faced the Japanese tsunami, and, more recently, floods in Thailand.
"The queen said she had a year called her 'annus horribilis,' and I sympathize," quipped the Sony chief. He paid tribute to the company's staff, particularly in Japan, where about a dozen factories were struck by this year's earthquake and subsequent tsunami."We did a wonderful job of repairing the damage from the earthquakes," explained the CEO. "The way