Network Security in the Field
• In the wake of one of the most highly publicized data breaches, Target has aggressively
recruited former defense contractors to bolster
its network security capabilities.
• American Apparel deployed a cloud-based
payments infrastructure, which allows for the
acceptance of Apple Pay and enhanced payment security. The solution features point-to-point encryption, EMV and secure NFC.
• Chico’s moved its network connection to
the cloud. The transition delivered improved
network performance and dynamic bandwidth
for scalability and efficiency, it also provided
holistic, multi-layered Internet and threat
protection against sophisticated attacks.
Keeping Vital Systems Secure Is Only Possible
With Continuous Investment
BY TIMOTHY DENMAN
While a fast, powerful, interconnected network is an operational must
in today’s omnichanel environment, it presents a new set of security challenges for retailers. As backend systems become more and more intertwined retailers need to keep a watchful eye over their networks to ensure
their systems are not compromised and vital enterprise and/or shopper
data is not stolen.
Network security continues to get progressively complicated, but
the good news is that retailers are willing to take the necessary steps to
ensure they are not the next victim of the increasingly sophisticated cyber
criminals. In fact, 63% of retailers report that they are continuously investing in their ability to detect and stop security breaches, according to RIS
News’ “Business Driven Security” report.
One of the key areas retailers are investing in is security information
monitor (SIM) solutions, to ensure that when their networks are at risk,
they know about it, and they know about it quickly. Not only do SIM providers help retailers quickly manage the thousands of event logs registered
daily, it is a key component of PCI compliance. Currently 62% of retailers
are up-to-date on PCI DSS compliance, with another 24% in the process of
meeting the standards, according to the RIS News report.
“Over the past year we have deployed a lot of new security systems,”
says Dale Hobbs, manager of network and security systems, LUSH. “Most
of it is preventative and focused on PCI compliance. We have upgraded
our SIM, bolstered the firewall, and added additional end-point protection
to keep the network secure.”
LUSH’s SIM solution monitors the n ork for unauthorized
activity and keeps an up-to-date and r ing list of the IP ad-
dresses of known cyber criminals. If a er from a suspect IP
attempts to enter the system an alert i nt to LUSH’s internal
IT team informing them of the threat.
While the potential economic disas a wide-scale security breach can cause is well documen , many top retail executives are still hesitant to invest in s rity beyond minimum
compliance standards. Less than half %) of retailers report
that their top-management understand he data breach risk
and provides strong support with budg backing to prevent
breaches, according to the RIS News ort.
“One of the biggest challenges from T perspective is
getting the business leaders to understa why certain security
measures are important,” says Hobbs. “ ey need to understand
why certain systems are necessary and at the repercussions
could be if something is not done. Then y can evaluate the
risk and determine if it is worth the expe or not.”
Taking a proactive and continuou improving strategy
toward network security is vital. As breadth of the
retail network continues to expand i increasingly
important for retailers to increase th security
commitment in lockstep or they run risk of becoming
a scyber-thief’s next victim.