Target data breach is worst in retail history
On December 19th, Target announced a data breach that equated to over 40,000,000 customer credit and debit accounts being stolen. However, the breach is now known to have affected over 70,000,000 Target customers; almost double the initial figure. Additionally, it was found that alongside credit and debit card information; customer names, email addresses, phone numbers and mailing addresses were also apprehended. Prior to Target, the largest ever recorded data breach for a retailer was the theft of 45 million credit card records in 2007.
As the investigation continues, the likelihood of more breaches being disclosed is probable with experts estimating breaches to total over 100,000,000. Target’s CEO, George Steinhafel, exclaimed he “felt sick” at the news and recently said in a statement “We are not going to sleep until we get it right and we regain the trust of our guests. And we’re going to be better as a result.” The data breach ran from November 27th to December 15th 2013 although customers who shopped at Target outside of this period may also be affected. Target are offering customers free credit monitoring for a year and have further reassured users they will not be liable for any fraudulent card charges that arise as a result of the data breach.
In today’s world there are more connected devices than there are people; creating ever growing challenges around cyber security and data protection and so it is fundamental for companies to guarantee appropriate protection for their customers and themselves. Time and time again, Redstor report stories of organisations that fall victim to data breaches despite there being simple steps to prevent these matters occurring. Redstor can guarantee that any data stored on our platforms will not be breached and is stored and processed in full accordance with data protection law.
Our range of secure, encrypted cloud services will give you peace of mind that your business and customers information remains private. No one, not even Redstor, can access your data. Our secure Online Backup service ensures data is safely backed up offsite in an encrypted format. Our secure sync and share service, Centrastor, enables organisations to store and share files securely online from any device with an Internet connection and our CentraStage service enables support providers to guarantee that devices they support are regularly audited, patched and safely up-to-date for effective centralised endpoint management. Our Virtual Disaster Recovery service guarantees to have your systems up and running within minutes following a disaster. To find out more about our services and how we can help you comply with data protection laws and prevent data leakage, please contact us either by giving us a ring on 01189 515 200 or emailing [email protected].