Following this week’s webinar on retail cyber security, we thought we’d pull together a few additional sources for you on the topic.
Retailers: on cyber criminals’ “most wanted” list
Lest anyone forget, retailers constitute a definite target for cyber crime. SecurityIntelligence.com reminds us why:
“Because they process massive amounts of financial data, and many do so from multiple stores across multiple [regions] every single day. As a result, there are hundreds of potential access points for an attacker. It’s safe to assume that, at any given moment, every major retailer… is under attack; even if 99 percent of these attacks are deflected, the threat is real – and continuous.”
Click here to read their recommendations for effective protection.
Some broad-brush rules for strong security
Visa Security Sense gets even more specific. Visit their article on retail security for the details; here are the broad-brush strokes you’ll find there:
- Know the who, what, where of your sensitive data
- If you don’t need it, don’t keep it
- When you choose tools or services, make sure they’re secure
- Take advantage of security tools and resources
CFO builds on those fundamentals with this:
- Identify the crown jewels
- Control who has access to that valuable and vulnerable info
- Review third parties critically
- Encrypt like crazy
- Engage everyone in the effort
Here’s SecurityIntelligence.com again:
“The first step in addressing retail security challenges is recognizing their destructive potential and coming to terms with the fact that no business is truly safe.”
We encourage you to invest the time to read more about best-practice security defenses for retail. Got a question? Let us know.