In 2014, e-commerce hacks accounted for 45% of data-thefts, while retail point-of-sale hacks accounted for 33% of attacks investigated by Trustwave. The common factor? Cardholder data. The recent e-commerce boom and hacks against Target Corp. Neiman Marcus and others, have only highlighted a long growing trend.
Cloud Security and Distributed Data
To serve customers at scale, e-commerce sites make extensive use of cloud-scale infrastructure, where traditional security measures are ineffective. Coupled with the remote management requirements of brick and mortar point-of-sales systems, hackers have a large attack surface for consumer facing businesses.