The slew of recent big name security breaches has caused many retailers to pull back when it comes to their Internet connectivity. Giant retailers like Walmart that once had multiple points of access in each of their storefronts have yanked the plug, going so far as to kick third parties right off their networks.
According to Ken Hosac, vice president of business development at Cradlepoint, that type of response was to be expected in light of the mainstream security breaches that have come to light. Hosac spoke to TMCnet Executive Editor Paula Bernier at the recent ITEXPO Miami 2015 event about how Cradlepoint has expanded their business in recent years, especially out of a need driven by security issues.
“With the Target credit card breach, they came into the Target system by compromising an HVAC vendor’s laptop, got their login credentials, were able to get into Target’s core network and do a pivot attack to find the point of sale devices,” said Hosac. Retailers have responded by tightening access to their networks and also requiring different networks for different areas within a storefront. For instance, a company like Walmart may have as many as 20 to 30 access points throughout a single store, including POS kiosks, and food and other service storefronts within their space. These types of companies are now calling for physically isolated networks to minimize opportunities for security breaches."
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