Heartland Payment Systems CEO Bob Carr is an unlikely spokesman for tech security. But that’s what he’s emerging as.
The credit-card processor suffered one of the largest data breaches ever disclosed last year. But rather than taking the time-honored approach of staying quiet and hoping that the negative publicity goes away, Carr is talking openly about what went wrong, the problems with the industry’s security standards, and a new product his company developed to help merchants protect customer data.
Carr also believes that the vast majority of breaches go unreported. He says that around 300 companies were victimized by the same hacker as Heartland, but that most have never come forward. He points to loopholes in the state laws meant to protect consumers in the event of a data breach as the reason.
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