Upwards of 110 million Target customers had their personal and credit card data compromised by the hacking of Target. Since the hackers got in via a heating and refrigeration contractor, it has become an excellent example that no amount of money thrown at company security will extend to the security of its third-party contractors. Jim Spencer writes about the implications.
Cockroaches Hide in Every Crevice
Although we know where the attack began, it is still uncertain how the hackers actually accessed the customer data. However, point of sale (POS) networks are a known source of vulnerability, because taking them down for any amount of time, such as to add security enhancements, can directly affect sales. Vendors and businesses need to reassess how their security measures up and be diligent about patching holes. Hacks will continue to occur, so it is imperative to illuminate as many of your blind spots as possible—especially since cybercrime cost a reported $113 billion in 2013. Read the original article here: http://www.sci-tech-today.com/story.xhtml?story_id=10200005K1XU