Retail businesses are in the crosshairs of hackers, according to a recent report from Trustwave, a provider of on-demand data-security and payment-card compliance solutions to businesses. 

 Indeed, retail businesses—specifically the cardholder data they possess—were the primary target of cybercriminals in 2012, says Trustwave. About 45 percent of the company’s investigations were in the retail sector, followed by food and beverage (24 percent), and hospitality (9 percent). 

“Cyber could very well be the largest part of the exposure picture for these retail businesses,” says John O’Connor, vice president of strategic product & platform development for Travelers Small Commercial.

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