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Accenture joins Target and P&G as keynote speaker at cybersecurity summit

BY Marianne Wilson

Accenture has signed on as the title sponsor for the Retail Cyber Intelligence Summit, which will be held in Chicago, October 3 – 4, 2017. The event is sponsored by the Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (R-CISC).Registration of retailer participants is up 17% last year, according to a R-CISC spokesperson.

Kelly Bissell, managing director of Accenture Security will be the opening keynote speaker at the conference, with an addressed entitled The True Cost of Cybercrime. Vikram Desai, managing director, Accenture Security will lead a breakout session titled, Driving Security Operations Efficiency Through Orchestration and Automation.

Another keynote speaker, Rich Agostino, chief information security officer at Target Corp, will lead a session titled, “Stepping into Leadership: Staying Ahead of Today’s Threats and the Evolving CISO Role.” For a Q&ampA with Agostino on his approach to strategic leadership, how he is addressing the threat landscape and advice for up-and-coming leaders in the industry, click here.

Additional keynoters at the summit include Kostas Georgakopoulos, CISO at Procter &amp Gamble, who will lead a discussion on the next evolution of information security.

The event will also include a panel discussion entitled, “The Importance of Women in Cybersecurity.” Panelists include Deborah Dixon, senior VP, information security &amp risk, Best Buy Co. Roseann Larson, VP and CISO at VF Corporation and Lauren Dana Rosenblatt, executive director and global head of cyber threat management at Estée Lauder Companies.

Other speakers at the upcoming event include:

• Greg Alexander, VP, Global Security Advisor, The Priceline Group Inc.

• Scott Howitt, senior VP &amp CISO, MGM Resorts International

• Becky Janutis, VP, Info. Security, Kohl’s

• Grant Sewell, Mgr., Global Information Security, Scotts Miracle-Gro Company

• Adam Solomon, Associate, Hunton &amp Williams LLC

• Don Yeager, New York Times Best-Selling Author and

• Carson Zimmerman, Author, Cybersecurity Engineer.

The 2017 Retail Cyber Intelligence Summit will bring together 200 CISOs and their teams from the greater retail and consumer services industries — including restaurants, hospitality, gaming properties, consumer product manufacturers and more — to share best practices, gain insights and, most importantly, network with other information security professionals to build trust.

“Our annual Summit provides the perfect opportunity to continue to develop and build solid peer-to-peer relationships within our community, with the government and cross-sector relationships, helping to expand the real-time sharing of cyber threat intelligence and better protect the industry as a whole,” said Suzie Squier, executive director of R-CISC, the trusted cybersecurity community for retailers, consumer product manufacturers, grocers, hotels, restaurants, and cybersecurity industry partners worldwide.

More Information on the 2017 Retail Cyber Intelligence Summit can be found on Summit.r-cisc.org. To register, click here.

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Walmart signs on for Facebook’s new platform

BY CSA STAFF

The nation’s largest private employer is working with the country’s largest social network.

Walmart has signed on to use Facebook’s Workplace enterprise collaboration platform. Launched in fall 2016, Workplace is designed to connect colleagues within a company, and allow them to message each other, share images and broadcast live videos.

Walmart is not yet paying for Workplace — Facebook offers a 90-day free trial of the product, reported Recode, but it will be a paying customer once the free trial is over. The report did not say how many of Walmart’s employees are using the service.

“We believe the right technology can empower our people. Walmart’s vision of the future is centered around people — by serving the communities people live in and the people who work at Walmart,” Clay Johnson, Walmart’s CIO and executive VP, said in a report by TechCrunch. “Workplace shares this mission, and together we’re building the next generation workforce.”

To date, Walmart has used the platform to share pictures with other stores of a particular product display to broadcast news via its live video stream and to manage communications between different geographies using Facebook’s automatic translation features, according to TechCrunch.

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Done deal: Bass Pro Shops completes acquisition of rival

BY Marianne Wilson

Bass Pro Shops and Cabela&#039s have officially joined forces — finally.

Bass Pro Shops&#039 acquisition of Cabela’s Inc. is complete. The deal, in the works for more than a year, brings together two of the nation&#039s leading outdoor gear and apparel retailers. Bass Pro, a leader in fishing, operates more than 100 retail stores, while Cabela&#039s, which is heavy into hunting, counts 89 locations. Also part of the unified company, which will be privately held, is Bass Pro&#039s White Marine Group boating division.

Bass Pro acquired Cabela’s for $61.50 per share in cash, representing an aggregate transaction value of approximately $5.0 billion. The close of the deal means that Cabela’s common stock is no longer being listed for trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

"We are excited to unite these iconic American brands to better serve our loyal customers and fellow outdoor enthusiasts," said Johnny Morris, founder and CEO of Bass Pro Shops. "As we move forward, we are committed to retaining everything customers love about both Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s by creating a &lsquobest-of-the-best’ experience that includes the superior products, outstanding customer service and exceptional value our customers have come to expect. We’re also deeply motivated by the potential to significantly advance key conservation initiatives.”

In a posting on its website, Bass Pro said the company will continue to promote its own and the Cabela&#039s brands.

As part of the transaction, Cabela&#039s credit-card unit was sold to Synovus Bank, which received $75 million to act as a middleman. Synovus kept $1.1 billion in deposits before reselling the credit card business to Capital One Bank. Capital One will be the exclusive issuing partner of Cabela’s branded Club Visa program pursuant to a 10-year program agreement.

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