How Retail Cybersecurity Can Adapt to the 2021 New Normal

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NYC area retail IT consultant discusses 2021 retail cybersecurity threats, retail cybersecurity best practices and one important recommendation—in a new article from eMazzanti Technologies

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For those smaller retailers new to eCommerce technology, shopping and payment apps, and work-from-home technology, retail cybersecurity challenges have become much more of a concern for 2021.

A NYC area retail technology consultant and MSP discusses how retail cybersecurity can adapt to the 2021 new normal in a new article on the eMazzanti Technologies website. Recapping the events of 2020, the author cites a major shift to eCommerce, which brings new cybersecurity challenges for retailers.

After identifying several retail cybersecurity threats, she lists nine retail cybersecurity best practices. She concludes with her #1 retail cybersecurity recommendation—hire qualified cybersecurity experts to help the business strengthen its security posture.

“For those smaller retailers new to eCommerce technology, shopping and payment apps, and work-from-home technology, retail cybersecurity challenges have become much more of a concern for 2021,” stated Jennifer Mazzanti, CEO, eMazzanti Technologies.

Below are a few excerpts from the article, “How Retail Cybersecurity Can Adapt to the 2021 New Normal.”

2021 Retail Cybersecurity Threats

“Trustwave’s 2020 Global Security Report found that 24% of all cyberattacks targeted retailers, the most of any industry. Alarmingly, the new normal of eCommerce and work from home (for back office staff) makes retail even more of a target than it was a year ago.”

“Retailers make attractive targets for cyber-criminals. The shift to eCommerce means that retailers must process and store more customer data. Hackers seek to steal personally identifiable information (PID), including credit card and bank data to profit from selling data on the dark web.

Retail Cybersecurity Best Practices

“1. Don’t Retain Sensitive Customer Data – Storing sensitive data such as credit card information multiplies your risk by making you more of a target and exponentially increasing the cost of a data breach. If that information is stolen, your reputation suffers long-lasting damage, and you may be subject to fines and litigation.”

“2. Perform Regular Verified Backups – Be sure to back up your eCommerce website, POS systems and other applications and data at least daily, more often if possible. Periodically test your backups to verify their quality.”

Additional Cybersecurity Measures >>

#1 Retail Cybersecurity Recommendation

With numerous possible attack vectors in play, retail cybersecurity is complex. The best thing that a retailer can do to ensure their longevity (survival) in 2021 is to hire qualified cybersecurity experts to evaluate their business security posture.

Keep in mind that the doer should never be the checker. Outside expertise will identify those areas in the business that need improvement. Count on the retail cybersecurity experts at eMazzanti Technologies to help with this all-important task.

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