Target lessons: Network security, human element are factors in protecting data

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Caught off guard by the very public outing in December 2013 of a data breach compromising the credit and debit card numbers of 40 million of its customers and affecting the personal information of 70 million more, Target scrambled to control the situation on multiple fronts, investigating the breach, dealing with panicked customers and managing the mounting public relations crisis.

This is the second of two columns analyzing the Target data breach. The first article first, (“Many lessons for companies to learn after the Target data breach,” March 27) looked at Target’s missteps in handling the breach. This piece analyzes how and why the breach happened and how Target potentially could have prevented the breach.

Originally published in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin - April 24, 2014.

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Topics:  Data Breach, Data Protection, Debit and Credit Card Transactions, Network Security, Public Relations, Target

Published In: General Business Updates, Consumer Protection Updates, Privacy Updates, Science, Computers & Technology Updates

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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