Article | January 24, 2014

How The Target Breach Could Have Been Prevented

Source: Innovative Retail Technologies

By The Business Solutions Network


By Mike Monocello, editor, Integrated Solutions for Retailers

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about the credit card data breach that occurred at Target and other retail chains over the holidays. While Target hasn’t released all the details of what happened, malware was supposedly involved and many believe the culprit was a nasty bit of software known as BlackPOS. Some are also speculating that malware similar to BlackPOS, called Reedum, was to blame.

Since the news of the breach hit, there have been many questions posed. How could this happen to Target, supposedly one of the most technically advanced retailers? Is encrypted data truly safe? Would EMV have prevented the breach? Does PCI compliance have any value?

Regardless of the questions being asked, let’s be clear about one thing: the Target breach could have been prevented and the data of your customers can be made safe. Today. With no chip-and-PIN or EMV.

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