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Home Depot Breach Surpasses Target In Scope
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Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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9/19/2014 | 5:34:16 PM
First order of business for a new CIO...
...pen a resignation letter and put it in an envelope for when it's needed.
Stratustician
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9/22/2014 | 11:07:44 AM
Re: First order of business for a new CIO...
What gets me is that only now are they rolling out enhanced encryption.  Considering all these POS terminals do is handle payment information, it baffles my mind that it's not a consideration that these really should have been prioritized in the first place from a security perspective.  Especially when not only are they numerous when it comes to total number of endpoints, but since they sit outside the corporate perimeter, they're easily one of the easiest entry points.
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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9/22/2014 | 11:35:53 AM
Re: First order of business for a new CIO...
Particularly after Target's CIO resigned over a breach.
GonzSTL
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9/22/2014 | 1:08:07 PM
Re: First order of business for a new CIO...
If I were to guess, it would be that this was another case of the "we should be secure because we were in compliance" scenario. If an organization started out by properly  implementing secure practices like the SANS 20 critical security controls, they can't help but be in compliance with PCI DSS. I realize that for large companies, this can be quite a big and expensive undertaking, but then again, the cost of a breach is certainly larger than that initial proactive expense. Reminds me of that old Fram commercial – " ... pay me now or pay me later".
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10/1/2014 | 9:46:51 AM
Re: First order of business for a new CIO...
@GonzSTL – great point. Retail organizations need to better understand the threats they face, the vulnerabilities that exist and how the threats will exploit them. They need to think like attackers, not a PCI compliance team.
RyanSepe
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RyanSepe,
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9/22/2014 | 12:05:11 PM
Integrity Monitor and Baseline Analyzers
Baseline analyzers are sound security practice for any type of device/system that contains high priority data. Having your administrators sign-off on changes that are made assigns responsiblity and quick response if a change is made maliciously. I hope that in future years we see this type of methodology employed not only with POS devices but other high priority devices within the corporate network infrastructure.


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