|[June 11, 2014]
NAFCU: Rampant Data Breaches Require National Standards on Data Security For Retailers
WASHINGTON --(Business Wire)--
National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU)
President and CEO Dan Berger renewed the call for national standards on data
security and breach notification for retailers amid the latest
report of yet another data breach, this time from P.F. Chang's
"It has been almost six months since Target's (News - Alert) data breach, and we still
have no new data security standards forretailers," said Berger. "Since
Target, there has been a major data breach discovered almost every
month. The continued lack of national data security standards is an open
invitation to cybercriminals."
Cybercrime is costing the global economy $575 billion and the U.S.
economy $100 billion annually, according to a report
from Intel (News - Alert) Security and the Center for Strategic and International
Studies - making the U.S. the hardest hit of any country.
NAFCU was the first financial trade organization to call for national data
security standards for retailers, and it continues to push for
legislative action on Capitol Hill. Credit unions and banks are already
subject to such standards under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, but
retailers are not.
When a data breach occurs, financial institutions like credit unions
bear a significant burden as the issuers of payment cards used by
millions of consumers.
The National Association of Federal Credit Unions is the only national
organization that focuses exclusively on federal issues affecting credit
unions, representing its members before the federal government and the
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