How to avoid becoming a victim like Target

Antone Gonsalves

Target had determined that the software was too new and untested to have it delete files on its own. The decision was the right one, because if the software made a mistake, it could easily taken down a critical system.

"It is always the recommendation to fully test the product in the environment before turning on automatic checks," Joe Schumacher, security consultant for risk management company Neohapsis, said.

"In my opinion, it takes a lot of additional work by an enterprise to reach an automatic block level with a product as the last thing security wants is to make the business grind to a halt."

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