Recent cyber criminal activity has created quite the fuss. One of their largest targets? Target.
Over the holidays Target customers had their data and information hacked at an alarming rate. Since then Targets profits have fallen by more then 40%. In an attempt to restore it's image and integrety among it's customers, Target has vowed to replace all of their terminals to EMV, or smart card readers by the end of the year. In addition to proving their dedication to data security, Target will also be issuing "Red Cards" with an embedded chips.
Well this has gotten a few people talking. The EMV wake is coming, and much like a teenager putting off mowing the lawn, companies are waiting until the last minute. However, the reactive approach can cost not only Target, but private ATM Owners as well. We all know MasterCard's liability shift goes into effect October 1, 2016, giving us two years to be proactive and ensuring our equipment is updated and EMV ready. But if Target has shown us anything it's that companies were expecting to take the reactive approach.
Targert's motivation was drawn from their customers. Consumers are pushing politicians to get EMV over and done with as soon as possible so as to avoid any more breaches. To large companies such as Target and Macy's however, the convenience was the time that so many customers are hoping gets cut down. Over all consumer awareness will be what drives mandated educational programs on the corporate level so that businesses will be active listeners and proactive EMV advocates.