Greater scrutiny is being put on third-party service providers after a series of security breaches saw hackers successfully exploit vendors and service providers to compromise their primary targets.
Target's new chief information security officer Brad Maiorino takes the reins of the retailer's IT security program at a time of growing consumer anger at retailers for data breaches.
Companies are failing to address third-party security risks, despite some recent high-profile breaches that resulted from poor security at third-party vendors, such as the Target breach that exposed 40 million credit and debit card numbers and other information.
Despite all of the publicity surrounding the data breaches at companies like Target and Adobe, some firms are still not taking measures to reduce their risks, and are suffering multiple breaches as a result.
Retail giant Target closed out 2013 with one of the largest data breaches in history. Shortly thereafter the company's CIO became a high-profile victim of the negative publicity brought on by the attacks
CEOs and CIOs beware! Your job may be at risk if you don't take basic steps to ensure the security of your IT infrastructure and data.
The top news stories for May 1, 2014.
Remember when Target outed a pregnant teenage girl to her parents by inundating the family with baby product coupons? Such was the greed in their marketing zeal that nary a thought was given to the possible repercussions for the girl. "Onward, by God, we have diapers and formula to sell!" was apparently their motto and motivation. Now women are going out of their way to hide their pregnancy from data brokers and marketers.
The massive data breach at Target, which exposed the payment account number of 40 million customers, and the Heartbleed bug, which makes two-thirds of websites vulnerable, have deprived IT pros of much needed sleep.
As FierceITSecurity reported earlier this year, Michaels Stores said that it was investigating a possible breach involving customers' credit and debit card data. Now Michaels is estimates that close to three million credit and debit card account numbers were stolen.