More than half the retailers that collect information from consumers for promotions and marketing campaigns have assigned responsibility for protecting consumer-specific data to a security-program coordinator; an even greater number have provided training to employees regarding consumer privacy and information security. However, fewer than half of the 71 respondents to a survey by the Retail Systems Alert Group have a formal incident response plan for security breaches of consumer data—and a quarter of those never test their plans. @ The executive summary of the retail data security benchmarking study is atSM Online.
At least 70 percent of devices that make up the Internet of Things (IoT) are vulnerable to attack, according to a report from Hewlett-Packard’s security unit Fortify, released in July. The study analyzed a range of IoT devices, from remote power outlets to home alarms and even sprinkler controllers. According to the study, vulnerabilities include weak passwords, insecure password recovery mechanisms, and poorly protected credentials.