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Fraudulent activity at major retailers: Credit card scams abound

In light of the recent data breaches at a major retailer (cough, cough, Target), credit card anti-fraud efforts are taking the data-privacy spotlight. Fraud certainly causes headaches for all involved — for starters, the organization that allowed the breach and is suffering financial and reputational damage, and of course the individuals whose information has been stolen. In SearchCIO Data Mill last week, Nicole Laskowski visited the concept of credit card bust-out fraud, a scam causing not just headaches, but migraines, for financial institutions.

As we gear up for a “wearables”-themed #CIOChat, read our recent consumer tech coverage from the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. We didn’t attend, but Twitter was buzzing with live updates and a constant stream of news-worthy content, and Senior Features Writer Karen Goulart rounded up some of the best CES coverage from the Web.

Speaking of Searchlight, Goulart’s most recent Searchlight piece was all about why CIOs need to up their cyberthreat defenses, how Google is getting more connected and what the net neutrality ruling means for the average American.

Executive Editor Linda Tucci rolled out a two-part feature story featuring Wade Miquelon, CFO of Walgreens. In part one, Miquelon discussed the tug of war between IT legacy systems and technology that could reinvent the business.  The second part looked at the costs of strategic technology and the benefit of new-age supply chains.

In small-business news, Jenny Laurello, SearchCIO’s senior community manager, sat down with American Society for Association Executives (ASAE) CIO Reggie Henry at the organization’s recent technology conference to learn why IT executives should continually recalibrate their IT roadmap in 2014.

Over on, we rolled out two videos, one from the 2013 ISSA International Conference and another from the ARMA 2013 International Conference and Expo. In the first video, Professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds shared how whistleblower protection could benefit public and private sectors. In the second video, Barry Murphy, principal analyst and co-founder of eDJ Group Inc., discussed why data profiling is key to a successful information management strategy.

Of course, don’t forget to browse through our Essential Guide for news and tip covering the latest trends in IT executive compensation, employee satisfaction and the evolution of IT careers. Stay tuned for our next weekly roundup here on CIO Symmetry and follow @SearchCIO, @SearchCIOSMB and @ITCompliance to read stories as soon as they’re posted.

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