eMazzanti Shares How to Strengthen Convenience Store Security

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NYC area retail IT security consultant discusses the factors behind C-store data breaches and several measures to strengthen C-store security—in a new article from eMazzanti Technologies

Convenience Store Security
High traffic and employee turnover make convenience stores in the U.S. attractive targets for cyber-criminals., The nature of the C-store environment also makes it difficult to deliver compliance and standardization.

A NYC area retail IT security consultant and Cloud services provider presents several ways to strengthen convenience store security in a new article on the eMazzanti Technologies website. The informative article explains that high traffic and high turnover make convenience stores (C-stores) prime targets for cyber-criminals.

After explaining delays in data breach reporting, the author recommends several options to make a store less attractive than other potential targets. He suggests greeting every person entering the store, sealing gas pumps and the rotation of security vendors, among other measures, to make the store more difficult to attack.

“High traffic and employee turnover make convenience stores in the U.S. attractive targets for cyber-criminals,” stated Jennifer Mazzanti, CEO, eMazzanti Technologies. “The nature of the C-store environment also makes it difficult to deliver compliance and standardization.”

Below are a few excerpts from the article, “How to Strengthen Convenience Store Security.”

Why C-Store Data Breaches?

“Some brands in the retail space experience almost no turnover in staff. By comparison, C-stores employ more transient workers. Deploying standards across all the stores proves difficult without having a regional or district manager visit every store on a regular basis. Hence, as studies show, C-stores and gas station chains tend to be the most susceptible to data breaches.”

How to Strengthen C-Store Security

“Since criminals look for the easiest targets, just being more difficult to attack than the next convenience store often deters them. Cameras posted on the ceiling—even if just the light is on—or an employee not doing the change on top of the cash register make the store less of a target.”

“A useful saying in retail goes, 'eyes high and smile.' If you greet people when they walk in, they become less likely to steal from you. They know someone is paying attention and watching.”

“On the forecourt, you can seal the pumps. If the seal is broken, you know the payment terminal has been compromised. Only your vendor should have that seal. Someone can try to make that sticker, but why go through that trouble when they can go to the next C-store that does not use them?”

Expert Help to Strengthen Convenience Store Security

An IT security firm like eMazzanti Technologies has the experience to introduce management to several tools that strengthen C-store security. Without spending a lot of money, business leaders can make it difficult for bad actors to take advantage. Seeing visible security measures, they’ll move on to the next target.

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About eMazzanti Technologies

eMazzanti’s team of trained, certified IT experts rapidly deliver increased revenue growth, data security and productivity for clients ranging from law firms to high-end global retailers, providing advanced retail and payment technology, cloud and mobile solutions, multi-site implementations, 24×7 outsourced network management, remote monitoring and support.

eMazzanti has made the Inc. 5000 list eight consecutive years, is a 4X Microsoft Partner of the Year, the #1 ranked NYC area MSP and NJ Business of the Year! Contact: 1-866-362-9926, info@emazzanti.net or http://www.emazzanti.net Twitter: @emazzanti Facebook: Facebook.com/emazzantitechnologies.

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