RH-ISAC and Symantec Partner to Deliver Actionable Threat Intelligence Workshops Across the Country

Retail and Hospitality Information Sharing and Analysis Center (RH-ISAC) and Symantec Corporation have teamed up to host a series of workshops designed to equip retail information security and cyber intelligence practitioners with practical strategies to take action on cyber threat intelligence at the tactical, operational and strategic levels.

Whether it’s attacks on point-of-sale systems, phishing attacks with malware, account takeover, crypto mining, or others, retailers and consumer-facing companies must continually strengthen their defenses to preserve their customers’ information.

“Our goal at the RH-ISAC is to make intelligence actionable for retailers and consumer-facing companies of all sizes. Being able to use intelligence to strengthen security controls is one of our top initiatives,” said Suzie Squier, Executive Director of the RH-ISAC. “Partnering with Symantec to host regional workshops allows us to reach the broader community and educate attendees on how effective threat intelligence can help the retail industry detect, prioritize and respond to threats.”

“Many organizations struggle to unlock the true value of Threat Intelligence given they lack the ability to align threat data to organizational priorities to improve both strategic decision making and defensive countermeasures. By partnering with RH-ISAC we are able to share real world learnings and decades of experience in public and private sectors using threat intelligence to help the retail community build highly effective operational security outcomes,” said Clint Sand, Vice President Product Management, Cyber Security Services, Symantec.

The 2018 Internet Security Threat Report, recently released by Symantec, showed:

  • 71% of attacks began with spear phishing, a tactic often used to compromise POS systems
  • There was a 54% increase in new mobile malware variants in 2017
  • There was a 200% increase in implanted malware attacks, infiltrating and compromising the software supply chain
  • Bankcard, retail card and wireless fraud rates are 1.8 times higher than they were in 2014
  • Retail is among the top 10 industries for the highest rates of email-borne malware

The regional workshops will address the increased volume and evolution of threats affecting retailers and customer-facing industries. Each will include a combination of informative presentations and practitioner-to-practitioner discussions that allow for stronger dialogue and continue to build trust among the community. RH-ISAC members hosting the workshops include Target, Publix and Sally Beauty.

Workshop topics of discussion include:

  • State of cyber threats and actors in the retail sector
  • Cyber threat intelligence and program development within the organization
  • Threat intelligence within mixed security operational environments

Dates & Locations:

  • May 16 — Columbus, Ohio
  • June 1 — Lakeland, Florida
  • June 7 — Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
  • June 28 — Dallas, Texas

Workshops are open to cyber security practitioners within retail, gaming, hospitality, restaurants, grocers, consumer financial services, consumer products, and other customer-facing companies.

To RSVP, email [email protected].

About Retail and Hospitality Information Sharing and Analysis 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 over $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 deepen their trust-based relationships, strategic knowledge and tactical capabilities. For more information on the RH-ISAC and how to join visit Connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Symantec Corporation:

Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC), the world’s leading cyber security company, helps organizations, governments and people secure their most important data wherever it lives. Organizations across the world look to Symantec for strategic, integrated solutions to defend against sophisticated attacks across endpoints, cloud and infrastructure. Likewise, a global community of more than 50 million people and families rely on Symantec’s Norton and LifeLock product suites to protect their digital lives at home and across their devices. Symantec operates one of the world’s largest civilian cyber intelligence networks, allowing it to see and protect against the most advanced threats. For additional information, please visit or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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