All of this comes on the heels of the massive 2014 RSA Security Conference, which wrapped recently in San Francisco. There, security professionals from around the globe discussed ways to prevent a massive assault on governments, businesses and private entities alike.
In a blog published on March 4, Gartner Vice President and Distinguished Analyst Avivah Litan wrote that she was surprised by the “dearth of information sharing in the retail payment card industry."
“Information sharing is not easy in retail payments. I have colleagues who would like to share specific information on the behavior of malware attacking retailers but are shut down by lawyers for retailers, POS software vendors, insurance companies and more. This makes no sense to me when information sharing that provides safe harbor for those who disclose and confidentiality for the victims is exactly what is needed to help stop future attacks," she wrote.
“I’m not optimistic that the situation will substantially change in the near future so until then, the only ones who win are the criminals," Litan added.
In these anxious times, her concerns do little to assuage IT professionals.