It’s been a busy couple of days in the world of cybersecurity. On Friday, two of the largest grocery store chains in the United States – Albertson’s and SuperValu – announced that their payment systems had been hacked. Earlier today, Community Health Systems, operator of 206 hospitals across the United States, announced that hackers have …
POSs. Registers. Terminals. Tills. However you refer to checkout devices, they are central to today’s retail operations. If your job is to oversee these machines for your company, how do you provide support, especially when they are situated across a network of retail locations?
It’s estimated there are more than three million ATM machines in existence worldwide – 420,000+ in the United States alone. That’s a lot of devices to maintain and support.
For IT administrators in the retail, financial and government sectors, security is often a top priority. Given the sensitive nature of the data these organizations collect and store, they can’t afford to incur a security breach. As such, they will go to great lengths to protect their interests.
One nice thing about retail network security being front-of-mind is that more resources are popping up to help retail IT teams. Over at his Front Line Sentinel blog, Matthew Pascucci has done a good job of walking through the steps retail network security pros need to take in managing vendor access.
What if you learned that more than 40% of your security breaches had been caused by third party vendors? You’d be shocked, right?