UW-Green Bay Deputy Chief Information Officer David Kieper has received numerous media inquiries as of late, as information security issues continue to make local and national news. On Friday (April 18), he spoke with Fox 11’s Gabrielle Mays about the recent security breach at Michaels craft stores. “The hackers, the bad guys, managed to get some software on the inside of the company, on the point of sale terminals, which are essentially just computers,” Kieper said, adding that better technology is needed. “The U.S. really needs to move to what we call pin and chip type cards. So what happens is that when that card is used, all the data’s encrypted so it’s never available for the criminals to intercept it.” Still, such a change would be expensive, Kieper added. “A card like that is $5 to $10 to issue,” he said, “whereas a little plastic card like we use now is probably 25 cents.” Full story.
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