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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