9 Security Best Practices For Safe Shopping

Don't be the next security breach to hit the headlines and crush customer confidence. Protect your corporate and cardholder data -- and business reputation -- with these security strategies.

Crystal Bedell

September 26, 2016

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It's that time of year again. Holiday shoppers are out in droves and, it stands to reason, cyber attackers are at the ready. Target's data breach announced last holiday season kicked off a rash of similar announcements throughout 2014 from the likes of Home Depot, Neiman Marcus, and Michaels. The latest target (pun intended) has been Sony, along with its PlayStation Network. There is little doubt that attackers are poised to take advantage of companies doing business online that have failed to learn from previous victims.

While cardholder data breaches are a timely topic this time of year, they are by no means limited to the heavy shopping season. According to a 2014 Ponemon Institute study, an organization has a 22% chance of experiencing a data breach affecting at least 10,000 customer records in the next two years. Retailers are at grave risk, but all companies with network access to corporate files must make data security a priority throughout the year. They can start with these basic security measures, several of which are lessons learned from past breaches.  

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About the Author(s)

Crystal Bedell

Crystal Bedellfreelance writer

Crystal Bedell is a freelance technology writer specializing in security, cloud computing and mobility. As the principal of Bedell Communications, she helps technology providers and IT media companies create engaging thought leadership content. Prior to launching Bedell Communications, Crystal worked for TechTarget where she was the editor of SearchSecurity.com for eight years. She is based in Spokane, Wash., where she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.

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