When you discuss enterprise IT security, chances are someone will bring up Target’s breach. It has become synonymous with retail data vulnerability as well as enterprise cloud security in general. These threats go well beyond the walls of Target stores and have been increasing over the years. Before the Target attack last holiday season, for example, Nieman Marcus reported a similar breach which exposed about 1.1 million customer cards. To paint a better picture, consider that there are unreported or undetected attacks that occur along with the exposed ones.
The Retail Industry Leaders Association- in conjunction with names like Gap, Lowe’s, Nike, Walgreens, J.C Penney, Target, and VF Corporation- recently launched the Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center. It is a massive assembly of national and global brands all building a collective effort to stay ahead of the growing risks stemming from retail malware crime and data breaches.
The ever-growing list of "as a Service" cloud companies makes for a great deal of opportunity for cloud hosted enterprises. Strategic technology partnerships bolster the capabilities and security measures offered by cloud hosting providers, and customers benefit from new additions.