The 2013 Target data breach has brought increased attention to security concerns in the retail sector. While Target’s situation is certainly notable for its size and scope, the retailer is by no means alone when it comes to the struggle to protect consumer data. In the months following Target’s disclosure, other big name brands, including Neiman Marcus and Sally Beauty Supply, have fallen victim to attack. These are just a few recent examples that demonstrate how retailers are becoming an increasingly attractive target for hackers.
Considering that retailers’ systems house credit card data, this fact is not terribly surprising. Stolen account numbers provide instantaneous access, compared to the additional legwork involved in creating fraudulent credit accounts after hacking into a social security database, for example. What is surprising, however, is the way in which many hackers are gaining access to retailer’s sensitive customer data. Read more.