High-profile breaches of consumer data have been in the news lately, with Neiman Marcus, Michael's, and Target each losing hundreds of thousands to millions of payment card details. As of last week it looks as if we will be able to add P.F. Chang’s to that list as well.
Much of the media coverage of these events has revolved around the impact on consumers and what consumers should do to protect themselves, but the reality of these breaches is that the consumers are the least likely to be affected: Federal law limits liability for fraudulent credit or debit card purchases to $50 in most cases (with the condition that the loss or theft of the card is reported promptly in the case of debit cards). The real impact of these breaches has been on the companies that have been compromised. Target reported $61 million in total breach expenses during the quarter of the breach, and this number is sure to grow as time goes on.
There is another type of financial fraud that is hitting companies as well: wire transfer fraud. This type of fraud costs approximately $1 billion per year but generally doesn’t get the media coverage we have seen with recent personal information breaches, perhaps because it doesn’t involve millions of individuals’ payment card numbers or because breach notifications usually aren’t required if a consumer’s personal information isn’t lost.
Christopher Camejo is an integral part of the Consulting leadership team for NTT Com Security, one of the largest security consulting organizations in the world. He directs NTT Com Security's assessment services including ethical hacking and compliance assessments. Mr. Camejo ... View Full Bio