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Retail and E-Commerce Security

Retail and E-Commerce: Easy Targets for Hackers

Retail security services are critical. Brick and mortar retailers, and e-commerce companies, are frequent targets for cyber criminals. In fact, the retail industry is responsible for a significant number of data breaches each year. According to the 2019 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, payment card web application compromises are now close to exceeding physical terminal compromises in payment card-related breaches.

Retail Security Services to Protect Your Customer Data

Delta Risk can help you develop, implement, and manage an information security program that meets the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) and also addresses broader cyber risks.

Our team of certified security professionals has extensive knowledge of the unique threats facing retail and e-commerce businesses. We offer a full complement of services to help you address your information security program, manage your technical security needs, and respond to a data breach if necessary.

Beyond managing the direct threat to your data, systems, and networks, you must address multiple compliance and liability risks. Meeting PCI DSS compliance requirements is not a simple task. Even when those requirements are met, there’s no guarantee your company will be immune to cyber-attacks. To be truly secure, you need a comprehensive cyber security program developed with expert, third-party assistance.

We can not only help you develop a comprehensive cyber security program to protect your customers’ data, but we can also review its effectiveness to meet PCI DSS requirements.

Test the Effectiveness of Your Cyber Security Program

Retail Security Services: Vendor and Vulnerability Assessments

Our assessments review your current program’s strengths and any perceived weaknesses. We deliver comprehensive analysis, including a detailed action plan, to resolve weaknesses and tackle your most crucial needs. Our assessment services include:

  • Cyber Security Program Assessment
  • Security Program Maturity Review
  • Defense Assessment
  • Vendor Assessments

We tailor our assessments to evaluate your information security program against PCI DSS criteria or the best practices of the ISO/IEC standards. Based on our findings, we advise your organization on the best methods of balancing compliance and risk management against resource constraints.

Our analysts can also test your cyber security program with red-team and table-top exercises meant to replicate real-world incidents. We customize these exercises to the specific requirements of PCI DSS and the relevant threats to retail businesses like yours.

These tests can include such exercises as:

  • Internal and External Penetration Testing
  • C-Suite Table-top Exercises
  • Functional Level Incident Response Table-top Exercises

Tailored Services to Meet Your Security Needs

Retail and E-Commerce Managed Security Services

Delta Risk’s SOC-as-a-Service allows your business to expand your current security measures or replace them altogether with a fully managed, co-managed, or hybrid option. We tailor our services to meet the requirements of PCI DSS as well as any of your additional, unique needs.

Incident Response Services

If a breach has occurred, or you suspect one is in progress, Delta Risk can help. We provide a variety of services through hunt, coach, and response capabilities to help companies like yours respond effectively to a breach event. Some of our response services include:

  • Business Impact Analysis
  • Disaster Recovery Planning
  • Incident Response Planning

Cyber Threats to Retail – the New Norm?

Many people became aware of the threat of hackers targeting customer data during the TJ Maxx data breach in 2005. Since then, the attacks have only increased. While large-scale breaches like those that affected Target (2013) and Home Depot (2014) tend to make headlines, the reality is that small and mid-size businesses are just as vulnerable, if not more so. Why is this so?

Hackers could be targeting your systems for a variety of reasons. A prevailing goal is to collect customer information and use it to make fraudulent purchases, create false identities, or sell the data to others — there is a large and thriving black market for cardholder data.

These actors could also be targeting your system for other reasons. Instead of cardholder information, they may be looking for information on your employees. The information your human resources department holds on employees could be just as valuable to hackers as payment information. They could similarly be searching for your company’s financial information, or access to your network to disrupt business operations.

Regardless of the hackers’ goals or motives, a breach can be very costly for your company. If breached, your company would initially suffer the direct costs of dealing with the aftermath. These may include digital forensic costs, public relations costs, and the costs of paying for credit monitoring of customers affected by the breach.

Once contained, a data breach or other security incident can continue to cause harm to your company for months or years to come. It will require your business to implement stronger security measures as well as possibly purchase or increase cyber insurance coverage. A data breach may result in several different compliance and regulatory liability costs for your company. Ultimately, the biggest cost may be the damage to your brand and reputation. Delta Risk’s retail security services can assist you with these challenges.

Compliance and Legal Liability Issues in Retail

The global credit card entities developed a set of regulations to protect cardholder data known as PCI DSS. It applies to all entities that process, store, or transmit payment card information. The standard is comprised of many requirements that represent six control areas or goals:

  1. Build and Maintain a Secure Network
  2. Protect Stored Cardholder Data
  3. Maintain a Vulnerability Management Program
  4. Implement Strong Access Control Measures
  5. Regularly Monitor and Test Networks
  6. Maintain an Information Security Policy

Achieving PCI DSS compliance is a complex and continuous process. Falling out of compliance could mean liability for a breach event or losing the privilege of processing credit cards altogether. Learn more about the specific requirements of PCI DSS and how your organization can ensure compliance.

Besides PCI DSS compliance, another concern for retailers is legal liability issues. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is the major federal regulator in this field. They have authority to prosecute businesses that operate in a way that is unfair or deceptive. If your privacy statement makes claims regarding the level of security you provide for your customers’ information, and you suffer a breach, the FTC may initiate a claim against you for unfair or deceptive business practices.

Furthermore, the customers who suffered the breach could file a claim against the company. For instance, the members of your board of directors could be held personally liable for damage done to the company in a shareholder derivative claim.

Cyber threats do not stop with technical vulnerabilities. Retailers and e-commerce businesses must confront an array of compliance and liability risks as well. Delta Risk can help manage these risks.

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