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May 23, 2014

American retailers launch cyber security sharing center

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) together with several American retail brands has launched Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (R-CISC) to aid stores in preventing and detecting credit card data breaches.

By Verdict Staff

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) together with several American retail brands has launched Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (R-CISC) to aid stores in preventing and detecting credit card data breaches.

The center will enable retailers share cyber threat information among themselves and, through analysts, with public and private stakeholders, such as the US Department of Homeland Security, US Secret Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Retailers, who are partaking in the program, include Lowe’s, Gap, American Eagle Outfitters, J. C. Penney, Safeway, Target, Nike, and Walgreens. The R-CISC will also offer advanced training and education and research resources for retailers.

RILA president Sandy Kennedy said, "Retailers place extremely high priority on finding solutions to combat cyber attacks and protect customers."

"In the face of persistent cyber criminals with increasingly sophisticated methods of attack, the R-CISC is a comprehensive resource for retailers to receive and share threat information, advance leading practices and develop research relevant to fighting cyber crimes."

The R-CISC was created with input from over 50 of America’s largest retailers, and in consultation with key stakeholders including federal law enforcement, government agencies and subject matter experts, to create a structure tailored to the needs of the retail industry.

The organization, which aims to improve cyber security throughout the country, will soon have a board of directors that will consist of senior retail experts from many of these stores.

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