Sony’s PlayStation Secure Network (PSN) has been down since Wednesday 20th April and although things seem to be moving along in terms of getting the service back up and running, many gamers are still feeling somewhat disappointed. News that followed from Sony’s conference gave millions a long awaited apology as well as news of a “Welcome Back” campaign to entice gamers.
Tim here at OSM reported just today that Japan seem to have a resumed service with the rest of us now waiting for it any day now. So apart from what Sony will be offering its users in terms of incentives, do we know what they are actually going to do to better the service?
Peter Cohen over at Zdnet.com reported that at Sunday’s conference, Kaz Hirai took to the stage and explained in basic terms how they were planning to secure the network for future gaming. One huge problem to come out of the recent outage is that of personal information such as credit card information falling into the wrong hands.
To overcome this, Sony are planning on taking a Chief Information Security Officer to work alongside Sony in the wake of all the trouble. They will report directly to the Chief Information Officer “Shinji Hasejima,” whose job it will be to oversee the new efforts made by Sony in terms of security measures.
To rectify this, a new addition will be needed with the software to as zdnet.com stated, monitor and protect against future attacks from outsiders, encryption whilst at the same time protecting data. New additional firewalls will be needed with the aid of detecting external intrusions on Sony’s network.
In addition to this, Sony will be transferring its current system that houses the PSN to a brand new data center away from San Diego Calif. When, and we say when, the service is fully resumed, in order to start playing gamers will have to download new firmware in order to commence with the need to change their password, this is something that we reported on at the end of last week when we gave you a few pointers in order to stay safe whilst playing online.
Tell us are you in Japan and had the service fully resumed? If not have you accepted Sony’s apology and looking forward now to a normal service?
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