Target continues to be tangled up in chains due to its December 2013 data breach that current estimates say affected 110 million customers.
Target is known as proficient and prolific in the use of mobile devices and other means for collecting consumer data. This proficiency has backfired, resulting in the retail giant struggling to regain consumer trust and brand name reputation, not to mention figuring out how this mess happened in the first place and how to prevent a repeat performance.
Was there a lapse in Target’s IT security?
Did “Big Data” go too far and get way too ahead of security?
And let’s not put all the focus on Target, either. What happened with Target is a sign of the times and perhaps a sign of things to come in this world of cyber transactions. The questions above should also be asked of Facebook, Google, Yahoo and others who waited until the fiasco involving Edward Snowden’s NSA scandal to better encrypt their user data.