Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (RH-ISAC) Forms Advisory Council

The council brings together members of the merchant community to provide education on cybersecurity issues facing the industries. The council’s inaugural meeting was held in Washington, DC, in June

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JULY 31, 2018                                                                                   [email protected]


Washington, DC – Retail and Hospitality Information Sharing and Analysis Center (RH-ISAC), home of the Retail ISAC, has formed its Advisory Council. The RH-ISAC Advisory Council gathers together leading trade associations representing merchant industries, key RH-ISAC Associate members including industry stakeholders and government agencies, to provide a broader perspective across priorities and visibility on key cybersecurity issues.

The Advisory Council comes together with the joint goal of having a unified voice for merchants in the cybersecurity space. The organizations will collaborate on educational resources, building trust in the community and other initiatives.

The group hosted its inaugural meeting in Washington, DC last month. Organizations in attendance included a few of the members, the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), Deloitte, National Restaurant Association, National Retail Federation (NRF), and the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). The Advisory Council is continuing to grow to include other members from government agencies, cybersecurity experts and other merchant trade associations.

During the meeting, the RH-ISAC presented the retail threat landscape as seen by cybersecurity experts and via RH-ISAC member sharing of threat information, and potential educational topics for the merchant community, including third-party risk, working with legal departments to gain support for information sharing, and how best to protest small merchant organizations.

“Retailers, restaurants, hotels and consumer-facing industries are intent on protecting their customers and their companies from cyber threat actors and groups. The RH-ISAC Advisory Council was formed to unite the advocates for these industries, as well as our strategic partners, with the common goal of providing a forum for discussion on cybersecurity issues and allowing for streamlined messaging on them from our industries,” said Suzie Squier, executive director of Retail and Hospitality Information Sharing and Analysis Center, home of the Retail ISAC.

The RH-ISAC’s number one priority is strengthening collective defenses to better protect members – and the merchant industry – by sharing information on bad actors’ techniques, tactics and processes. By sharing information on these threats with Advisory Council members, the RH-ISAC helps them in their advocacy on behalf of the merchant industry. The council, in turn, provides support to the RH-ISAC in continuing to disseminate information about the organization to their members.

Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (RH-ISAC), the Retail ISAC

The RH-ISAC is the trusted cybersecurity community for retailers, consumer products, grocers, hotels, gaming, restaurants, and cybersecurity industry partners worldwide. The RH-ISAC supports its member base, representing more than $1 trillion in annual revenue, by serving as the conduit for collaboration, threat and best practice sharing, and cooperation. Through building and sustaining valuable programs, partnerships, products and opportunities, the RH-ISAC enables its members to build their trust-based relationships, strategic knowledge and tactical capabilities. For more information on RH-ISAC membership and benefits visit us at our home page

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