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Retail Companies Collaborate to Defend Against Data Breaches

Jaclyn Jaeger | July 15, 2014

Several companies in the retail industry are banding together to strengthen their defenses against hackers and data breaches.

The industry initiative, known as the Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (R-CISC), is an independent organization through which more than 50 of the nation's largest retailers, federal law enforcement, and government agencies can share cyber-threat information to enhance the security of the retail industry's networks and protect consumer data. 

R-CISC will also provide advanced training and education and research resources for retailers. Established in May 2014 by the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), a trade group of more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, R-CISC is the first such initiative for an industry that has been besieged by cyber-attacks resulting in massive data breaches at companies such as Target, Neiman Markus, and Michaels Stores.

Participating companies include Best Buy, CVS,...

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