Data Security

The Holidays Are a Prime Time for Cybercrime
November 15, 2019 at 12:03 pm

Cybercriminals go where the money is. During the busy holiday season, that means the retail sector. And as more retail sales occur online, that means e-commerce sites are in hackers’ crosshairs. I just returned from the annual Retail Cyber Intelligence Summit in Denver, where I got the chance to talk with security experts at some…

Tips to Counter Top Cyber Threats This Holiday Shopping Season
November 14, 2019 at 11:21 am

Put away your inflatable jack-o-lanterns and take out your Christmas lights, the holiday season is upon us! While the holidays bring heaps of joy and hot chocolate, security teams know they also bring fraud and abuse. Hot products in high demand bring scammers and scalpers. New users bring new payment data, making your checkouts a…

Marketers: To Meet Consumer Expectations, Don’t Miss the Privacy Mark
November 7, 2019 at 2:31 pm

The proliferation of everything from social media apps to streaming services means one thing: data is everywhere. When used correctly, data can be extremely beneficial. Increased access to consumer insights has made it easier for marketers to analyze customer preferences and deliver engaging, hyperpersonalized digital experiences. However, this creates privacy risks for individuals and brands…

How the Data Privacy Debate Will Impact Retail’s Future
November 1, 2019 at 12:21 pm

In this episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Kristina Stidham and Ashley Chiaradio discuss three ways that data privacy will impact the retail industry’s future, as published in a recent article titled “How Data Privacy Will Reshape the Future of E-Commerce” by contributing author Chemi Katz. The first thing that will be impacted is…

Bed Bath & Beyond Discloses Data Breach
October 30, 2019 at 3:05 pm

Bed Bath & Beyond announced yesterday that it has been affected by a data breach, reports Fox Business. The home goods retailer disclosed in a SEC filing that email addresses and passwords from roughly 1 percent of its online customers’ accounts were accessed by an outside, unauthorized source. Payment card information was reportedly not affected,…

Small Retailers Should Review Payment Security Controls as Fraudsters Shift Focus Post-EMV
October 29, 2019 at 2:51 pm

For small and midsized retailers, the upgrade to EMV-enabled terminals represented a significant and, in many cases, reluctant investment. Because credit card companies like Mastercard and Visa had been covering fraudulent purchases, many small businesses didn’t have visibility into the cost of fraud. Only when threatened with the liability for these losses did they upgrade.…

How to Prevent Seasonal Workers From Becoming the Security 'Nightmare Before Christmas'
October 25, 2019 at 9:35 am

As the holiday season ramps up, many retailers are unaware that one of the industry’s best practices could put them at risk of a breach: hiring seasonal workers. Last year, retailers hired more than 757,000 temporary employees to keep up with the busy shopping season. And while it may seem like only good can come…

How Data Privacy Will Reshape the Future of E-Commerce
October 24, 2019 at 11:14 am

Digital disruption is built into e-commerce’s business model. However, amid mounting scrutiny of big data, which has fueled the industry’s rapid growth, are the disruptors about to be disrupted themselves? With the tech industry battered by a series of privacy-related scandals — from Cambridge Analytica to the high-profile data breaches in recent months, such as…

Zappos Draws Criticism for Data Breach Settlement
October 21, 2019 at 12:49 pm

Zappos customers who had their data stolen in a 2012 data breach will receive only a meager 10 percent discount to use on the online footwear and apparel retailer's website, as part of a proposed class-action lawsuit settlement. Their lawyers, on the other hand, are set to receive $1,620,000 in attorneys’ fees and other legal…

Report: Internet Retailers Leaving Customer Data Vulnerable
October 17, 2019 at 9:32 am

Even as consumers preference for online shopping continues to grow and email continues its reign as one of the top marketing channels, internet retailers aren't keeping up with necessary consumer safety measures. A report released by 250ok reveals 71 percent of internet retailer domains analyzed have no domain-based message authentication, reporting and conformance (DMARC) policy…