Retail Industry Leaders Assn. partners with National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance to enhance information-sharing, expand US retailers' approach to cyber threats with aim of protecting consumers against data breaches

ARLINGTON, Virginia , February 19, 2014 (press release) – RILA Announces Partnership with the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) today announced a partnership with the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA) to enhance cybersecurity information sharing and expand retailers’ proactive and vigilant approach to cyber threats to protect consumers against criminals. Partnering with the NCFTA is one of several approaches RILA is taking to enhance collaboration across the entire payments system. Last week, RILA announced it is joining forces with the Financial Services Roundtable to lead a partnership between the merchant and financial services industries.

“Our partnership with NCFTA is one of many information sharing models we are pursuing as part of our multi-solution approach to cybersecurity,” said Lisa LaBruno, senior vice president of retail operations at RILA. “Collaboration among retailers and other stakeholders is essential to detecting threats early on and combatting cyber-criminals.”

Improving industry-wide cybersecurity capabilities by sharing threat information, exploring innovative technologies and enhancing the security of the payments system are crucial components of RILA’s Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Initiative. RILA’s partnership with the NCFTA, a non-profit corporation specializing in establishing public-private partnerships, will provide a trusted forum through which retailers can collaborate on effective solutions to combat cyber-criminals in a cooperative environment.

“The NCFTA is honored to partner with RILA to share threat intelligence. I applaud RILA's thought leadership in taking a proactive approach in collaborating across public-private sectors,” said Maria Vello, CEO of the NCFTA. “By working together to share threat intelligence, everyone will be smarter and stronger in their quest to protect their brand, business and most importantly, their customers. Effectively addressing cyber crimes demands a new and collective response; this is exactly what RILA is doing.”

The RILA and NCFTA partnership is supported by RILA’s Retail Cybersecurity Leaders Council (RCLC), comprised of retail information security executives from among RILA’s membership. This partnership will expand retailers’ network to include academia, law enforcement, financial institutions and other industries. In March, the RCLC will convene at the NCFTA in Pittsburgh to kickoff the information sharing process across industries.

To learn more about the RILA Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Initiative visit www.rila.org/cybersecurity.

The NCFTA, a non-profit corporation, evolved from one of the nation’s first High Tech Task Forces and, since 1997, has established an expansive alliance between subject matter experts (SMEs) in the public and private sectors (more than 500 worldwide) with the goal of addressing complex and often internationally-spawned cyber crimes. These SMEs, from industry, academia and government, each bring specific talents and experiences to the partnership. Through a steady cycling of such cross-sector national and international resources, both embedded at the NCFTA and through initiative-specific intelligence channels, the NCFTA is well positioned to adapt and regularly reinvent itself to better address today’s evolving threat landscape.

RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

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