Retail Security Should Extend Beyond Store
It seems that every day we hear of another computer security problem. From the theft of basic home user information to phishing and pharming scams to malicious intrusions, we are constantly reminded of the threats posed by bad computing practices.
Retailers have been hard hit in all areas, including RFID tag alterations and “drive-by” wireless intrusions of databases, resulting in the theft of millions of records of consumer data and credit card numbers. But there is help.
One form of it comes from credit monitoring agencies, but the victim is often left navigating a maze of state and federal reporting agencies. There is also a number of protocols companies can follow to establish robust security procedures. Some regulations, such as Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), were set up to mitigate risk in publicly held corporations. They essentially use a set of detailed requirements for reporting and tracking. Privately held companies should also take SOX requirements into account to avoid future liability. States such as California have also set forth regulations covering problems such as database breach notification processes.