A direct correlation between the chip migration and rampant merchant data breaches is hard to prove. But experts say retailers' prioritization of EMV compliance contributed to other payment card security gaps, leading to the current high level of merchant data breaches.
Traditional credit scoring is under siege from alternative underwriting, and TransUnion is joining the future by investing in other emerging trends such as mobile device security and health care payments.
It's a race to the finish line that also affects U.S. companies with European customers. In these final moments, every company must at least show good faith in attempting to follow the law and having procedures and technology in place to do so.
Data breaches have become routine, but the public reaction to these events is changing. Consumers are increasingly wary of sharing their information — just ask Mark Zuckerberg — and this trend raises the stakes for all financial institutions and merchants.
Even though a denial-of-service attack on an e-commerce site is not classified as a breach because data is usually not compromised, the 2018 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report claims it is a growing menace to merchants who rely solely on their websites.
Before reports of the data breach at Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks OFF 5th, and Lord & Taylor fade from the news cycle, there's one detail that should alarm merchants, card issuers and consumers — and sets a tone for future data breaches.