Questions On Target Data Breach

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Target Data Breach Blake J. Wells ECPI University Abstract In December of 2013, over 40 million credit card information was stolen from 2000 Target stores. This paper will explore the known issues in the Target breach and consider some of the Critical Controls that could have been used to prevent this breach and mitigate the losses. There are multiple factors that led to the largest data loss in history. Vendors were subject to various phishing attacks, memory scraping malware and detection used by Target that failed. One of the possible solutions for preventing and mitigating similar breaches is using a multi-layered security strategy, and to consider human factors that may be contributed to the loss of this information. The Breach Target, one of the nation’s largest retailers, had a data breach that had up to 40 million consumers have their credit card and debit card data stolen, while up to 70 million had their personal information stolen such as their addresses and phone numbers. Information from the credit and debit cards stolen was the names, the card numbers, expiration date and the CVV (card verification value). The consumer information that was stolen such as names, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and even email addresses. The breach took place during the holiday shopping rush of 2013. This breach damaged Target’s sales during the holiday season, and remains one of the largest data breaches in history.
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