Lawsuits that card issuers have filed against Target to help recoup expenses associated with the retailer's breach aren't likely to reap big rewards, two legal experts say. But they are sending a strong message.
Despite their differences on certain issues, the Financial Services Roundtable and the Retail Industry Leaders Association have joined forces in an effort to prevent breaches by enhancing cybersecurity and threat intelligence sharing.
Merrill Halpern of the United Nations Federal Credit Union, a pioneer in the use of chip cards, says high-profile retail breaches reinforce the long-term value of EMV for various forms of payment within the U.S.
Expenses linked to the data breach at Target Corp. have already cost the 58 member institutions of the Consumer Bankers Association more than $170 million - a price they should not have to pay, says the association's David Pommerehn.
Organizations in all sectors can improve their compliance with the PCI Data Security Standard by taking five critical steps, says Rodolphe Simonetti of Verizon Enterprise Solutions, which just issued a new PCI compliance report.
When breaches result from retailers' lax security practices, merchants should be obligated to help banking institutions cover fraud losses and other post-breach expenses, says Viveca Ware of the Independent Community Bankers of America.
As Congressional leaders look for answers about why U.S. card security is failing, there hasn't been enough discussion surround why EMV can't easily fix our system. And the card brands have been conspicuously absent from the debate.