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Here are Interface Systems’ best cybersecurity practices for retailers

October 4, 2022  By SP&T Staff

As part of cybersecurity awareness month, Interface Systems has put out a report summarizing best practices for retailers.

The company recognizes that retail chains now face a variety of challenges to do with POS systems and devices as well as online ordering and delivery applications. Retailers are a special target for cybercriminals as they hold client information along with their credit card information.

Below is a summary of factors for retailers to consider.

Securing the Point of Sale


To secure their POS, retailers are advised to:

  • Encrypt all POS data end-to-end
  • Accept EMV chip cards and NFC (contactless payment) technologies
  • Whitelist applications to run on a POS system
  • Keep their POS software up to date
  • Address PCI-DSS compliance gaps proactively
  • Segment the POS network
  • Physically secure POS devices including mobile POS devices
  • Watch out for unusual transactions
  • Integrate security cameras with POS transactions

Securing cloud-based applications

  • Adopt a zero-trust security model to help prevent unauthorized access to sensitive data.
  • Protect sensitive data in cloud environments using policy and encryption.
  • Invest in security orchestration and automation of response (SOAR) and extended. detection and response (XDR) to help improve detection and response times.
  • Protecting against loyalty programs fraud through multiple layers of protection which include, implementing a data analytics system to flag suspicious transactions.
  • Enforcing password policies and encouraging multi-factor authentication. Limiting the personal data needed to enrol in the rewards program can also help.

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