A pair of
the world's biggest corporations are hiring amid security woes.
I. Apple Hires New Help to Secure Prototypes
After losing an iPhone prototype at a bar for the second year in a row , Apple, Inc. (AAPL) has posted a pair of identical job listings advertising for a Manager of New
Product Security. The job calls for at least five years of security
auditing experience, advanced certification, and "Experience... delivering
security awareness programs."
The job description includes, "Team leadership and contribution in a
matrixed environment." (Keanu Reeves anyone?)
Some believe the lost iPhone incidents to be a mere guerrilla-marketing ploy on
Apple's part. But Apple is at least feigning real dismay.
The company tracked its latest lost phone to a house in Bernal Heights, using
the GPS tracking system it enabled in all its prototypes. At first the San Francisco Police Department declined to comment
on their involvement in the search, despite reports that they were there.
They now admit to traveling to the home, but say they did not enter the
residence -- only Apple security officials did (one of whom was a former San
Jose police officer).
SFPD spokesman Lt. Troy Dangerfield comments, "Apple came to us
saying that they were looking for a lost item, and some plainclothes officers
responded out to the house with them. My understanding is that they stood
outside...They just assisted Apple to the address."
A search of the house did not reveal the prototype. And while the resident
admitted to being at the bar where the phone was lost, they claimed not to have
II. Sony Turns to former Homeland Security Director for Its Own Issues
In related news another company with recent security woes -- Japan's Sony Corp.
(TYO:6758) -- has appointed
former Philip Reitinger, former director of the U.S. National Cyber Security Center(part of the Department of Homeland Security), to become its new chief
information security officer. Mr. Reitinger is a veteran with a long
history in both the public and private sector, having worked for Microsoft
Corp. (MSFT) and the U.S. Department of Defense, in addition to the DOHS.
Mr. Reitinger will become a senior vice president at Sony and will report
directly to general counsel Nicole Seligman and will work in Washington.
Improving security will be crucial for Sony. Since its data losses began
in April it lost over 100 million customers' personal data to hackers , and has seen its stock plummet 55 percent.
The timing couldn't be worse for Sony, who was just rolling out plans to
increase its online offerings. The breaches, combined with a rising value
of the yen versus the dollar and declining TV sales have added up to big bad
news for Sony, financially.
A spokeswoman told Reuters,
"Certainly the network issue was a catalyst for the appointment. We are
looking to bolster our network security even further."
Mr. Reitinger certainly has his work cut out for him. While the pace of
attacks on Sony has slowed slightly, the company still remains relatively belligerent towards the hacking
and modding community (e.g. its efforts to sue and imprison console
modders, who were simply altering products they legally purchased).
If a company has sound security it may be able to get away with such a
stance, but Sony has already proven it picked a fight it wasn't ready for.