The National Retail Federation projected a 3.6 percent increase in 2016 retail holiday sales, and leading security firms are warning companies to protect their data. Recently published reports by Tripwire Inc. and Verizon Inc. suggest retailers can do more to safeguard physical stores and ecommerce sites. The Tripwire study, published Oct. 10, 2016, surveyed 763 information technology (IT) professionals, 100 of whom were in the retail sector. Verizon's 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report
analyzed over 100,000 incidents that occurred in 2015, including 3,141 confirmed data breaches.
Tim Erlin, Senior Director of IT Security and Risk Strategy at Tripwire, cautioned IT professionals against complacency. "The increased scrutiny of retail cyber security in the wake of major breaches has forced organizations to focus on securing their environments, yet these survey results show that there's still a lot of room for improvement," he said.