The network security breach of Target and other retailers last year affected over 100 million consumers and has continued to remain in the news since breaking over the 2013 holiday season. Over the last two months, we have learned that the malware was created by a teenager and executives from these retailers have spoken in front of Congress.
Now, according to an article from Fox News, Attorney General Eric Holder is calling upon the government to create a system for retailers to help speed up the notification process. This would be a national data breach notification center that would alert customers and law enforcement agencies.
Holder said that Target and Neiman Marcus have both been criticized for waiting weeks and months to disclose the attacks from last year. Considering there is an impact on millions of consumers, waiting to go public is going to cause some controversy.
"This [standard] would empower the American people to protect themselves if they are at risk of identity theft," Holder said. "It would enable law enforcement to better investigate these crimes – and hold compromised entities accountable when they fail to keep sensitive information safe."
It is unknown what the actual process for setting up this notification center will be. Regardless, it shines a bright light on the need for the proper network security and response to it. VARs and MSPs that specialize in security have become valuable resources. VAR Staffing helps any solution provider identify and recruit the impactful talent that is needed to meet today's security challenges.