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US retailers launch ‘Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center’

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), along with several of America's most recognized retail brands, have launched the Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (R-CISC).

The R-CISC is an independent organization, the focus of which is a Retail Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Retail-ISAC).

Among those companies participating with and supportive of the R-CISC are American Eagle Outfitters, Gap Inc., J. C. Penney Company Inc., Lowe's Companies, Inc., Nike, Inc., Safeway, Inc., Target Corporation, VF Corporation and Walgreen Company.

Through the R-CISC, retailers are sharing cyber threat information among themselves and, via analysts, with public and private stakeholders, such as the US Department of Homeland Security, US Secret Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The R-CISC will also provide advanced training and education and research resources for retailers.

“Retailers place extremely high priority on finding solutions to combat cyber attacks and protect customers. In the face of persistent cyber criminals with increasingly sophisticated methods of attack, the R-CISC is a comprehensive resource for retailers to receive and share threat information, advance leading practices and develop research relevant to fighting cyber-crimes,” said Sandy Kennedy, president of RILA.

In order to create a structure tailored to the needs of the retail industry, the R-CISC was developed with input from more than 50 of America’s largest retailers, and in consultation with key stakeholders including federal law enforcement, government agencies and subject matter experts.

“We have seen a sharp increase in the number of malicious actors attempting to access personal information or compromise the systems we all rely on, in the retail industry and elsewhere,” said Dr. Phyllis Schneck, Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications at the US Department of Homeland Security National Protection and Programs Directorate. “We continue to work with the private sector to create shared situational awareness of potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities. The Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center will further enhance DHS’s collaboration with this important sector of the American economy and will provide information and resources that can help companies keep their networks and the consumer information stored on them safe and secure.”

RILA has also consulted with recognized third-party cyber specialists and subject matter experts including CrowdStrike, FS-ISAC and other ISACs, IBM, iSIGHT Partners, Information Security Forum, the National Cybersecurity and Communication Integration Center (NCCIC), National Cyber Security Alliance and Verizon to identify leading practices related to threat information sharing.

The R-CISC is incorporated as an independent organization (501(c)(3) status intended) with an incoming board of directors comprised of senior retail executives from American Eagle Outfitters, Gap Inc., J.C. Penney, Nike, Inc., Safeway, Inc., Target Corporation, VF Corporation and Walgreen Company.

The R-CISC is open to retailers and merchants of all segments and sizes and aims to become a resource for not only the retail industry, but related merchant industries as well.

RILA is working with retail associations and the R-CISC already has the support of American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) in this ongoing development.

www.r-cisc.org

•Date: 16th May 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

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