Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) announced Saturday that the restoration process of its game services has begun. The phased restoration will include the return of nearly all of SOE’s portfolio of online games, the reinstatement of SOE’s game forums and websites, and added functionality to require players to reset their passwords.
As the result of a criminal cyber-attack on the company’s network, SOE shut down its game services in order for the company to undertake an investigation and incorporate rigorous enhancements to the overall security of the network infrastructure.
SOE worked with external security firms during the course of implementing security measures that strengthen safeguards against unauthorized activity and provide customers with greater protection of their personal information, informed the company.[ Also Read: Are CIOs Ready to Live in the Digital Business World? ]
SOE made enhancements to overall data security as well, including updating and adding advanced security technologies, additional software monitoring, performing new penetration and vulnerability testing, and increased levels of encryption.
“Our main priority is the safety and security of our customers’ personal information,” said Kazuo Hirai, executive deputy president, Sony Corporation. “We are making consumer data protection a full-time, company-wide commitment, and have applied enhanced security technologies so that our customers can feel protected and confident about playing our games.”
SOE is a leading company offering massively multiplayer online games.
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