While the Home Depot data breach has compromised as many as 56 million customer cards, there are a few steps that could have prevented the massive breach, according to an article by Market Watch. For four months, cardholder data moved inside the Home Depot IT infrastructure and was transferred outside the company without suspicion, the article says.
Three steps the home improvement retailer could have taken were to keep cardholder information separate, audit the entire process and those with access to accounts, as well as documenting all system activities.
As retailers move into the busy holiday season, it’s important to follow up on these tactics and keep customers from avoiding retail due to large breaches.
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