The malevolently-inclined are getting more ambitious (a 2014 study by the Ponemon Institute that evaluated security-breach costs in the retail sector suggests that average size of a breach is about 30,000 records) and more damaging (average loss is now about $105 per stolen record). The same study estimated that the average cost of a cyber-crime for the retailer is about $3.15-million. These are average numbers only: recent large-scale retail breaches have involved records in the millions, with costs similarly increased. Although the article was written before the holidays, the tips provided are still very useful to manage the risk of security breaches.
As mobile payments continue to take the economic world by storm, so too do the rules and regulations for such payments in Canada. In September, Ted Menzies, Minister of State, announced that the Code of Conduct for the Credit and Debit Card Industry in Canada will be expanded to include mobile payments. He also released a proposed Addendum to the Code for public consultation at this time.
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