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NRF is recognized as one of first ISAOs (Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations), which were established by President Obama’s Executive Order 13691. Through its cybersecurity program, NRF helps retailers protect themselves and their customers from cyber threats, enabling them to better understand, manage and monitor cyber risks. Through information sharing, research, education, networking and advocacy services, NRF helps members collaborate with their peers in the retail sector and advance their own cybersecurity programs. 

What the NRF Retail ISAO does:

  • Real-time information sharing (anchored by the NRF Threat Alert System) and sharing of cyber threat indicators provide tactical assistance in blocking or detecting malicious activity targeting a retailer’s environment.
  • Benchmarking, research and publications offer information on the evolution of best practices and the cybersecurity maturity model. NRF actively engages retail executives through education and outreach initiatives such as tabletop exercises.
  • Industry representation and advocacy efforts help retailers work with government authorities to get relevant threat information. NRF Retail ISAO participants help elected officials and regulatory agencies understand the impact of cybersecurity policy decisions on the retail industry and consumers.

Learn more:

Contact NRF Vice President of Retail Technologies Tom Litchford for more information about the NRF Retail ISAO and how you can be involved: 202-626-8126 or

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