Tag: PCI compliance

After the recent rash of high-profile data breaches, the Internet is ripe with tips for handling a breach at your organization. The standard experts’ message: Notify consumers immediately and don’t downplay the impact. The Dallas Morning News has a keen interest in data breaches because some of the largest recent reports come from retailers headquartered in its home state of Texas: Nieman-Marcus (Dallas), Sally Beauty Holdings (Denton) and Michaels Stores (Irving). In a Sunday story, reporter Pamela Yip discussed proper …

Mom always said to choose your friends wisely. Maybe she was trying to protect you from a data breach. AT&T learned that lesson the hard way. From a statement released by the company : “We recently learned that three employees of one of our vendors accessed some AT&T customer accounts without proper authorization. This is completely counter to the way we require our vendors to conduct business. We know our customers count on us and those who support our business …

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 …

After the recent eBay data breach in which more than 145 million user records were reportedly compromised by hackers, the internet is once again full of stories about consumers demanding better protection, analysts blaming organizations for not following basic cybersecurity protocol, and tales of hackers that are simply out-sophisticating sophisticated security (eBay used two-factor authentication and encryption, which did protect users’ financial information). There are the standard tips for consumers: change your passwords, don’t use the same password on multiple …

“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 …

Well hello, Indy! Earlier today, Online Tech announced it has acquired a data center in downtown Indianapolis and will outfit it with the company’s full product line of secure, compliant cloud and colocation services. The Indianapolis Data Center, located roughly an Andrew Luck hail mary pass from Lucas Field, is the company’s fifth data center and its first outside of Michigan. At Online Tech, co-CEOs Yan Ness and Mike Klein stress the importance of “win-win” situations between the company and …

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 …

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, …

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