SEMNET Secures Retail
The retail industry has experienced some of the most damaging data breaches in history, resulting in the theft of hundreds of millions of credit and debit card numbers and other confidential, personally-identifiable customer information. The best-publicized of these cyberattacks has cost one retailer in excess of $250 million – in addition to brand damage, customer attrition, ongoing litigation, and regulatory fallout. Retail is one of the most complex IT environments to secure. Thousands of point-of-sale terminals provide opportunities for hacking. Large, distributed retail network environments with hundreds of locations – sometimes offering free in-store Wi-Fi – span entire continents. Online stores and mobile apps add to its vulnerability. Meanwhile, many retailers are providing tablets and laptops to their employees, or supporting BYOD policies in-store. All of these factors multiply the number of threat vectors that need to be addressed.