Cyber Security

Retail trade group launches cyber intelligence sharing organization

Cyber SecurityThe Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), along with several of America’s largest retailers, recently launched the Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (R-CISC)—an independent organization that seeks to improve cyber threat information-sharing.

Launched with support from retailers like American Eagle, Gap, Lowe’s, Target and Safeway, R-CISC allows retailers to share cybersecurity information with other retailers and with analysts and the public. The center will also provide advanced training and research resources for retailers.

“Retailers place extremely high priority on finding solutions to combat cyber attacks and protect customers,” RILA President Sandy Kennedy said. “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 center was developed in consultation with the retail industry, federal law enforcement, government agencies and cybersecurity experts.

“We have seen a sharp increase in the number of malicious actors attempting to access personal information or compromise the systems we all rely on, in the retail industry and elsewhere,” Phyllis Schneck, the deputy under secretary for cybersecurity and communications at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security National Protection and Programs Directorate, said. “We continue to work with the private sector to create shared situational awareness of potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities. The Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center will further enhance DHS’s collaboration with this important sector of the American economy and will provide information and resources that can help companies keep their networks and the consumer information stored on them safe and secure.”

The organization’s board members will include Ken Athanasiou, the global information security director at American Eagle; Rich Noguera, the head of information security at Gap; Scott Howitt, the vice president and chief information security officer at J.C. Penney; William Dennings, the chief information security officer at Nike; Colin Anderson, the vice president of information technology at Safeway; Jenny Ley, the director of corporate security intelligence at Target; David McLeod, the chief information security officer at VF Corp.; and Jim Cameli, the information security officer at Walgreens.

The organization is a result of the retail cybersecurity and data privacy initiative launched by RILA in January, which seeks to improve payments security, strengthen overall cybersecurity and address consumer privacy.

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