April 19, 2015

Verizon is out with its annual cyber security report and while the findings are disturbing the good news is that retailers can thwart many a breach attempt by focusing on a handful of basic attack patterns. 

March 31, 2015

Home Depot, which was hit by a widely publicized data breach in 2014, has reportedly hired its first chief information security officer, according to the Wall Street Journal.

March 19, 2015

Target Corp. has agreed to pay $10 million in a proposed settlement of a class-action suit related to the company’s 2013 data breach, according to court documents filed Wednesday. The retailer confirmed the news in a CBS News report.

March 18, 2015

The National Retail Federation testified before Congress today on the need to pass a federal data breach notification law that applies to all entities that handle sensitive customer data. 

March 13, 2015

After a recent series of data breaches targeting both large and medium sized retailers, many companies are investing in technology that will help encrypt credit card data at the point of sale. Although this is a meaningful way to reduce risk, end-point encryption is not the silver bullet solution many retailers are hoping for. 

February 23, 2015

The Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, has warned shoppers at shopping centers to be vigilant after a terror group called for attacks at shopping venues in Canada, the U.K. and the United States, mentioning by name the Mall of America, in Bloomington, Minn. 

February 17, 2015

Describing cyberspace as the new "wild, wild West," President Barack Obama on Friday said that while everyone expects the government to be the sheriff, the private sector must do more to stop cyberattacks. 

January 27, 2015

The National Retail Federation reiterated its support Jan. 27 for a federal data breach notification standard as a congressional panel held a hearing on this issue, saying legislation should provide consumers with notice whenever a data breach occurs. 

January 27, 2015

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) says retailers support a strong pre-emptive federal data breach law that allows for reasonable and clear notice triggered by potential customer harm. 

December 22, 2014

Time and again in 2014 the vulnerability of retailers’ information systems became apparent with Staples the latest major chain forced to admit an inability to protect customers’ personal information.

December 12, 2014

Chief Information Security Officers (CISO) have become more common on companies’ senior leadership teams. They might be in even higher demand after the highly publicized data breaches at Target, Home Depot, Neiman Marcus and other companies in the past couple of years (see a timeline of data breaches in the past decade here). In fact, Neiman Marcus just hired its first CISO, Sarah Hendrickson. 

December 3, 2014

A federal judge says several banks suing Target Corp. over its 2013 data breach have a plausible case for negligence and can proceed with the lawsuit.

November 6, 2014

Jacqueline Hourigan Rice will join Target Dec. 1 as the retailer’s SVP of risk and compliance after holding a similar role at General Motors.

October 17, 2014

President Barack Obama has taken heat over his use of executive orders, but that wasn’t the case on Friday when retail trade groups lined up behind the president in support of wide ranging data security measures.

October 16, 2014

Ensuring the roughly nine billion people who are estimated to inhabit the planet by 2050 have enough to eat is a big challenge. That’s why Land O’Lakes has introduced new program to fund big ideas from future food leaders.

October 10, 2014

While merchants have spent the past nine months developing plans to drive holiday sales, another group of retail executives has been preparing to deal with the dark side of Christmas.

October 8, 2014

iWallet Corporation, a secure luxury “techcessories” company, has appointed three new members to its board of directors including Carl Rosen, former COO of Bulova, then international consumer luxury goods company; Charles Ng, VP of sales at NEXT Biometrics and the former North American director of sales for Fingerprint Cards and sales director for Authentec, a biometric fingerprint technology; and Anthony Durkacz, EVP of the investment firm First Republic Capital Corporation.

September 30, 2014

Just a little more than a month after Supervalu announced a data breach, the company has confirmed a second malware attack on its payment systems.

September 17, 2014

Firearm safety is taken seriously at outdoor retailer Gander Mountain where the company is giving away 50,000 trigger locks in a unique promotion.

September 8, 2014

As more retailers cope with data breaches, Virtual Piggy, provider of family and teen payment technology Oink, has added Jordan Harris to its team as risk officer.

September 5, 2014

Several Home Depot customers have filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division, alleging that Home Depot failed to meet its legal obligation to protect their credit card and personal information.

August 15, 2014

Supervalu has suffered a data breach that may have resulted in theft of customer payment card data. The stolen information may include account numbers, and in some cases also the expiration date, other numerical information and/or the cardholder’s name.

July 31, 2014

Fingerprinting and DNA sampling are on back-to-school lists at Sam’s Club this year where the warehouse club operator is using the allure of free services to expose would-be members to its value proposition.

June 10, 2014

Target has bolstered its digital security efforts with the appointment of former General Motors and General Electric executive Brad Maiorino to the newly created role of SVP and chief information security officer.