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Retail-based cybersecurity specialists Nettitude partner with the leading retailers and well-known brands, keeping their customer data safe while guiding them through GDPR and PCI. 

30% Rise In Cybersecurity Attacks On Retailers

Based on recent research, we have found that cyber-attacks in the retail sector have increased by over 30 percent, indicating the ever-growing challenge faced by the industry.

Cybercrime Against Retailers

Targeting the customer data – The primary challenge retailers face comes from cybercriminals. Whether the offenders are malicious employees or organised crime groups, the central threat is around the theft of customer data which retailers hold in significant volumes.

Digital security breaches – Retailers also face added security risks and challenges from their digital platforms such as websites, apps, and payment devices like credit card terminals.

DDoS attacks DDoS or Distributed Denial of Service attacks are a real security challenge for retailers. The hackers place the retailer at their mercy by targeting the organisation during peak trading. They look for weaknesses in the retailer’s infrastructure, such as websites, as well as physical disruption through lift systems.

How Will GDPR Affect The Security Practices Of Retailers?

In May 2018, GDPR or the Global Data Protection Regulation rules arrived Europe. This means that retailers, and indeed all industries, holding EU data now face:

1. A non-compliance fine of €20
million or 4% of annual turnover

2. New regulations to notify the
regulator quickly after a breach

3. An ability to delete customer data
from systems if they request it

Addressing The Challenge Of Cybersecurity In Retail

PCI Compliance – If your organisation is accepting, processing, storing or transmitting credit card information, it must be conducted in a secure environment. The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is in place to ensure that organisations are compliant. Nettitude is a PCI Council ASV, and QSA approved company. Contract the consultancy today to gain PCI compliance.

Security Technology – Ensure your organisation has the right processes and technology in place to mitigate an attack.

Threat Intelligence – Conduct active threat intelligence audits to predict when an attack is likely to happen.

Incident Response Planning – Make sure the company is ready to respond and know what their position is in the eventuality of an attack. Nettitude also assists organisations with responding to a breach as it happens.

Board-level Responsibility – It is vital that the organisation’s executive board play an active and supportive role in the company’s cybersecurity.

Security Awareness – Employees are critical in reducing the security risk within the organisation. Invest in a security awareness program with practical training for all staff.

Detection Response – Organisations are now investing in detecting a breach through state of the art dedicated security operations centers like Nettitude’s.

Cybersecurity Strategy – Cyber experts like Nettitude can help retail organisations both understand the cybersecurity risk they face and define their security strategy.

Nettitude Can Help Your Retail Organisation Become Cyber Secure

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Frequently Asked Questions about Data Privacy Security

What is an incident response policy?

An Incident response plan or policy is a process you create before you experience a cyberattack. This is so that your team has a procedure to follow when you do experience a data breach. Nettitude follows the CREST Cybersecurity Incident Response process which is broken down into 3 phases: preparation, response, and follow up. Having a breach plan gives you the confidence to quickly nullify any threat to your data privacy security.

Why is data privacy security important?

Although it has always been important, the implications and need for higher security are coming into play now that technology is indispensable to everyday life. Using apps, browsing websites, and shopping online are all examples of how your data will be stored and managed online. For organisations today, the threat of cyber theft is a pertinent one. Having comprehensive data privacy plans in place can reduce and mitigate the risks of such events.

Does Nettitude practice sustainability?

As a company with a global footprint, sustainability is an area of importance to us. We are a registered ‘Investor in People’ organisation. Taking a cue from ISO 14001, we have strong sustainability practices put in place. Our organisation also hires fairly and equally, across gender and race. By working with us, you can rest assured that we implement data privacy security measures with ethics at the core of our mission.

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