Now Cybersecurity is the #1 Threat to Retailers
In the last few years, we’ve seen a variety of major retailers fall victim to data breaches. There’s a good chance that you’ve had to have one of your banking cards replaced as a result of this new, and increasingly prevalent, issue.
Since the inception of online business, there has been a concern for cybersecurity. However, as data breaches and identity theft continues to occupy news headlines, those concerns have reached an all-time high.
In May of this year, BDO USA released The 2016 BDO Retail RiskFactor Report – their annual report that analyzes the top risks facing retailers, as reported by the 100 largest retailers in America. Interestingly, data security has quickly climbed the list over the last decade from the #18 spot and now ties “general economic conditions” as the top concern.
To put things in perspective, “privacy concerns related to a data breach” was the #8 biggest concern in 2014 and #4 in 2015.
Although retail businesses appear to be the most vulnerable at the moment, companies in all industries are facing cybersecurity threats. When you consider how much data your company stores and uses on a regular basis, combined with the high-value of that information, you probably have concerns about data security.
Cyber Risks Spark New Compliance Measures
As the concerns around cybersecurity grow, we are starting to see new legislation regarding data privacy. According to the 2016 BDO Retail Compass Survey of CFOs, seven out of ten CFOs say they expect data security regulations to increase in 2016.
Recently President Obama unveiled the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity and launched debates in Congress regarding information sharing between the government and private sector. Last year, U.S. retailers received new regulations requiring them to be compliant for new credit card authentication and authorizations standards sets by Europay, Mastercard, and Visa (EMV). However, despite the October 1, 2015, deadline, only 40 percent of retailers are compliant with these new standards.
It’s unclear at this point as to which industries will see new cybersecurity regulations. Based on the current trends, we can expect to see new compliance requirements across all sectors.
How BOLD VAN Keeps Your Valuable Documents Safe
While new regulations look to protect your business on the front lines, BOLD VAN provides EDI solutions that keep potential hackers from sneaking in the back door and stealing data that’s being transferred throughout your supply chain.
In fact, businesses have used EDI VANs for decades specifically for the security and reliability they provide when transferring and storing data. All of the cost-saving and supply chain-optimizing benefits are a bonus!
Here are the ways BOLD VAN keeps your documents safe:
Even when your data is not in transit, all EDI documents are stored in highly-secure data centers with 24/7 security monitoring. Thanks to our strict security provisions, our clients send unlimited EDI data every month, worry-free.