How Retailers Jeopardize Security With Temps

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 12-09-2015 Email

Retailers misunderstand what is necessary to keep their businesses truly secure and are cutting security corners without even realizing it, according to a new study. They promote a culture, particularly during the holiday season, that focuses on business essentials—sales, pleasing customers and growing revenues—but not on security essentials, according to Bay Dynamics' survey, "The Pre-Holiday Risk Report." The cyber risk analytics company commissioned Osterman Research to conduct the survey, which polled 125 large retail organizations' CIOs, CISOs and IT managers. All the retailers have at least 2,000 employees and are in the United States. The report says that hastily hired temporary employees are part of the problem; few retail organizations can identify which systems these workers have accessed. "(This) represents the worst possible scenario: these are the employees for whom the IT/security team has the least visibility into their behavior on corporate systems, employees that have the least security awareness training, that have been vetted the least, and that have the least to lose from inadvertent mistakes or malicious activity," the report revealed.

Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.


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