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Gas stations, c-stores most hit by data breach, says latest study

Convenience store chains and gas station networks appear to be the businesses most vulnerable to data breaches, according to a study entitled Data Breach QuickView: 2015 Data Breach Trends conducted by Richmond, Virginia-based Risk Based Security.

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Author: PetrolPlaza Correspondent Daniel Infante Tuaño

According to a CSP Daily News article, six of the Top 12 “repeat offenders” are oil companies and conveniences stores with Shell Oil ranking number 1 followed by 7-Eleven in terms of multiple data-security breaches incidents.

Houston, Texas-based Shell had 14 data breaches while Dallas, Texas-based 7-Eleven tied with Charlotte, North Carolina-based Bank of America with 13 each.

Laval, Quebec-based Circle K (10 breaches), Irving, Texas-based ExxonMobil (7), Houston-based Marathon Petroleum Corporation (5) and Philadelphia-based Sunoco (6) being on the list reaffirms the retailers’ security deficiencies.

“The fragmented nature of the retail convenience-store and gas-station business and the ease of accessing pumps not visible to cashiers encourage multiple breaches,” explained Risk Based Security CEO Barry Kouns in the CSP article.

“Oil companies are doing what they can to encourage c-store chains and marketers to implement better data security, but clearly, it is not their responsibility…It is the retailer who is responsible for maintaining data security at the retail chain,” said Shekar Swamy, president and senior security strategist for the risk-management firm Omega.

Completing the Top 12 list, which also included government agencies, are the Derby City Council with 8 data breaches, U.S. Department of Veterans with 6, and five data breaches each for  “United States Department”, Uber, and Santander Bank.

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