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


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30% rise in cyber security
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 will arrive in Europe. This means that retailers, and indeed all industries, holding EU data will 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 cyber security 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 cyber security.

  • 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.

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

Nettitude can help your retail organisation become cyber secure

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Why partner with cyber security firm Nettitude?

Mitigate cyber risk

Nettitude helps its clients to stay one step ahead of cybercriminals, giving a first line cyber defense and response to all types of incident, and resilience to stand up to cyber-attacks. It also encourages intelligence sharing amongst the finance industry, and sophisticated testing to mitigate an organisations risk of a breach or an attack at every level.

Nettitude’s cyber credentials

As a trusted member of CREST and one of the world’s first accredited CBEST testing and intelligence partners for the Bank of England, you can be sure that you are in the most capable hands.

Research & development

Through its research and development (R&D) as well as active client work, Nettitude’s dedicated R&D team analyzes and studies threat actor behavior, gaining greater insight into the specific threat landscape within the financial sector. It regularly shares its latest findings in PERCEPTION, Nettitude’s quarterly report of cyber activity within the financial industry across the world. Its’ researchers also release financial whitepapers on the effects of cyber relating to the finance industry through topics such as Bitcoin and SWIFT. You can also access Nettitude’s latest Zero-day discoveries through Nettitude Labs and subscribe to receive Nettitude’s most recent findings as they are publically released.