As another large U.S. retailer – this time restaurant chain P.F. Changs – suffers the impact of a data breach, results of a survey released Thursday show that consumers are firmly holding retailers responsible at a rate nearly that of the cyber criminals themselves. According to reports, thousands of credit and debit cards used at P.F. Chang’s between March and May are now for sale on an underground store. The chain told KrebsOnSecurity.com that it has not confirmed a card …

“Changing, Connecting, Creating” is the theme of this year’s IRCE, the world’s largest e-commerce event happening in Chicago June 10-13. With over 200 speakers, and 10,000 expected guests, plan on tons of connecting and creating. Tracks will range from B2B to fulfillment and operations, from global e-retailing to everything social media. We’re most excited about the track dedicated entirely to the technology that helps internet retailers continue to grow while more clearly understanding the implications of their data on their …

Co-CEO Yan Ness has a saying that Online Tech is “in the business of helping our clients sleep at night.” Primarily, he’s speaking of organizations not losing sleep worrying about compliance and data security. But at the C-suite level, more and more, protecting data privacy also means protecting careers. On Monday, Target president and CEO Gregg Steinhafel resigned after 35 years with the company. According to a statement from the company’s board of directors, Steinhafel “held himself personally accountable” for …

Those of us working in the security and compliance world are very aware of the data privacy rules and enforcement in different regulated industries: Health and Human Services (HHS) and its Office of Civil Rights (OCR) have broad authority over protected health information (PHI) through HIPAA and HITECH acts with significant fines for breaches of PHIO data by the holders of that data. Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) put teeth into protecting and securing financial data for publicly traded companies and a broad …

The Federal Trade Commission has taken new assertive action to protect consumer data privacy interests, this time relating to breaches of payment card information, and other consumer personal information by Wyndham Worldwide, a company which owns and manages hotels. Just recently, the FTC settled charges against Accretive Health relating to inadequate data security protections that resulted in the theft of patient records. This settlement is on top of the charges filed by the Minnesota State Attorney General against the Business …

Online Tech was named to CIOReview magazine’s list of the 20 Most Promising Enterprise Security Companies released in its April issue. The magazine reports the purpose of compiling the list is “to help CIOs navigate and find the right enterprise security solution providers” by presenting 20 companies that “have achieved significant momentum and will rise above the rest.” The 20 business were picked by a panel of CIOs, CEOs, analysts and the CIOReview editorial board. From the magazine’s profile of …

When Target’s Beth Jacob resigned in the aftermath of the company’s holiday season data breach that affected up to 110 million customers, it put the role of CIOs in a spotlight of scrutiny. But the ramifications of Target’s problems – which includes $17 million in breach-related expenses and a significant blow to the retail giant’s reputation – could also help technology executives get the funds and manpower required to battle cyber attacks. Target, which said the resignation was Jacob’s decision, …

“I’ll take a large deep dish with pepperoni, banana peppers and … encryption.” Yep, encryption is everywhere. Even at your local pizza shop, hopefully, if its owners heeded the advice offered in a recent PizzaMarketplace.com article titled ‘Why now is the time to upgrade your POS system.’ The author cites several industry executives discussing how the investment for an upgraded system is worth it compared to the flaws of outdated systems. One big reason: PCI compliance. Newer systems provide end-to-end …

Retail giant Target became the target of a data breach that potentially involved 40 million customer credit and debit card records. The retailer isn’t saying how the breach happened, but Avivah Litan, a security analyst with Gartner Research, has a strong opinion. She told The Associated Press that given the millions of dollars Target spends on security each year, she believes the breach may have been an “inside job.” Various mainstream media sources reported the story late Wednesday after the …

Dealing with strict personal health information protocol on a daily basis, many members of the healthcare industry are well aware of the importance of data protection. According to a story in today’s Boston Globe, two healthcare-related groups who may be more familiar with HIPAA compliance got an unfortunate lesson in the importance of PCI compliance. Hundreds of attendees at an American Public Health Association conference and an American Society of Human Genetics conference, both held at the Boston Convention & …

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