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10/6/2014
02:45 PM
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Heartland CEO On Why Retailers Keep Getting Breached

Robert Carr, chairman and CEO of Heartland Payment Systems, says lack of end-to-end encryption and tokenization were factors in recent data breaches.

Heartland Payment Systems chairman and CEO Robert Carr.
Heartland Payment Systems chairman and CEO Robert Carr.

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Sara Peters
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10/6/2014 | 3:46:40 PM
Re: NOT blaming card issuers
@Kelly  Oh yeah, I know. And maybe he's just protecting his own. But it's worth noticing whenever anyone says "it's not their fault, it's ours."  
Kelly Jackson Higgins
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10/6/2014 | 3:40:41 PM
Re: NOT blaming card issuers
Yes. But remember, Heartland isn't a retailer--it's a payment processor, so it's more in the financial services side of the world.
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10/6/2014 | 3:24:37 PM
NOT blaming card issuers
It's interesting that he says that his company needs to take responsibility, instead of putting blame on card issuers for not using newer technology. Because the National Retail Federation takes the opposite approach, that's for sure:  https://nrf.com//news/four-big-lies-about-data-security  
Marilyn Cohodas
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10/6/2014 | 3:23:55 PM
Re: What about transparency?
It was a very candid -- erh...transparent -- interview. Hopefully after he reads it, he can give a little value add and comment about his views on transparency.  
Kelly Jackson Higgins
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10/6/2014 | 3:21:45 PM
Re: What about transparency?
Good question, Marilyn. Unfortunately, I didn't get to ask him about that, but I wish I had. He had some very frank insight, as you can see, about the problems retailers are having that are leading to breaches.
Marilyn Cohodas
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10/6/2014 | 3:17:00 PM
What about transparency?
Good interview Kelly. Curious to know whether the transparency came up during your interview. Did Carr have any advice for retailers about disclosure after the breach is discovered or reported?
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10/6/2014 | 3:14:07 PM
Wow
Well I gotta say, I'm surprised. I've yet to hear a CEO with so much understanding of security technology. Heck, I've met CIOs with less understanding. 
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