[ISN] Worried US retailers battle cyber-attacks through new intelligence-sharing body

http://news.techworld.com/security/3517094/worried-us-retailers-battle-cyber-attacks-through-new-intelligence-sharing-body/ By John E Dunn Techworld 16 May 2014 Stung into action by a wave of devastating data breaches, US retailers have taken the historic decision to share data on cyber-threats for the first time through a new initiative, the Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (R-CISC). Developed after input from 50 retailers and the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), R-CISC will operate as an independent body collecting anonymised data on the attacks detected by firms, hopefully allowing them to spot common patterns. This will include malware strains, software vulnerabilities, forum activity and real-time information on attacks. Other elements of its brief will be to educate members on defence using training and develop research capabilities by forging lnks within the security world. Prominent launch names include J. C. Penney, the Gap American Eagle Outfitters, Nike, Lowe’s Companies, Safeway, VF Corporation, Walgreen Company and the most famous victim of retail attacks to data, Target Corporation. Other firms are said to be joining in the coming weeks and months. […]