Cradlepoint's nine best practice for network security in retail

Orginally posted on May 31, 2017

With the rapid growth of mobile devices, cloud-based applications, credit card purchases, and the Internet of Things (IoT), maintaining network security is more difficult, and more important, than ever before, says Cradlepoint EMEA Vice President, Hubert Da Costa.

Although the retail landscape is becoming increasingly distributed, bricks-and-mortar is experiencing a sustained resurgence. Some of the world’s largest online retailers, including Alibaba and Amazon, are testing in-store strategies, and IBM has predicted that buying locally will surpass online buying by 2018 — thanks to cloud-based systems, big data, and predictive analytics.

While this is undoubtedly good news for retailers, the increasingly complex networks required to manage the new ‘connected’ customer experience can increase retailers’ exposure to cyber threats. Data from the National Crime Agency suggests cybercrime accounts for more than half of crimes committed in the UK, and the retail industry is often targeted for its wealth of customer financial data. Some of the most high-profile data breaches in recent years have caused significant reputational damage to a number of leading retail brands.

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