The massive data breach at Target, along with a wave of other attacks on retailers that has come to light in the past few months, has turned up the heat on the retail sector to formalize intelligence-sharing on threats and attacks on the industry.
Retail industry officials say their sector now is considering several ways to better prepare for and defend against the increasing wave of targeted attacks on its members, including the formation of a Merchant and Retail Industry Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC).
ISACs provide an official mechanism for sharing information about the latest malware and cybercrime activity spotted targeting specific industries. They also include databases of those threats and vulnerabilities for their members. There are some 16 ISACs for specific industries, including the financial industry's FS-ISAC, as well as ISACs in the electricity, water, supply chain, research, and education sectors. The goal is to help the industries better team up in the face of cybercrime and cyberespionage.
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