Data protection can be simple if the basics are covered first. A common error among retailers and business owners, is to overlook small security errors just because they appear insignificant. According to Verizon’s 2016 Data Breach Investigation Report, 17.7% of breaches occur due to “Miscellaneous Errors,” such as a failure by an employee to follow basic security protocols. Unfortunately, these simple errors provide an easy passage for hackers.
The second prevalent error among business owners and retailers is waiting to see if a competitor has implemented new data security measures before doing the same. The belief here is why spend the money if no one else has experienced a security incident!
Why breach detection matters as much as protection
In 93% of the data breaches from 2016, systems were compromised in minutes or less. These attacks did not just come from outside sources, but also from employees, service providers, and contractors. Studies of breaches in 2016 show that the longer it took for a business to detect a breach, the more time the bad guys had to discover and extract valuable data. This is why detection and remediation systems are just as important as having processes in place to protect from attacks. The sooner that breaches can be detected, the less the overall damage will be to your business and the faster you can recover.
How personal information and card data are secured is important. Questions to ask are:
- Is the technology right for your retail business?
- Is it scalable?
- Does it require your store’s infrastructure to be changed?
- Will the solution address the needs of data security?
- Secure Remote Control with multiple factors of authentication
- Antivirus and antimalware
- Internal and external scanning
- Wireless intrusion detection and prevention
- File integrity monitoring
- Additional important questions are:
- Do you have written policies and procedures?
- Do you have an Incident response plan?
- Are all employees aware and practicing the required security protocols?
- Are there risk assessments in place?
“We have gained numerous business benefits from Omega. Among the most significant is the guarding of our customers’ data,” says a Massachusetts retailer.
Omega offers you a complete solution to detect and stop breaches in their tracks
The Omega Appliance along with OmegaSecureTM or OmegaManagerTM with the expertise of Omega’s Data Security Strategists work together to address a majority of data security and PCI compliance issues. OmegaSecure is the managed private cloud solution hosted at Omega’s Security Operations Center. OmegaManager is the on-premise security solution installed at the customer’s location. All solutions work without requiring any changes to your stores.
Omega’s solutions are flexible. They are designed to work with the unique needs of a retail business with minimal disruption to operations. OmegaSecure, OmegaManager, and the Omega Appliance work seamlessly with internet connectivity, including satellite.
The S100 Omega Appliance is the front line data security fully integrated with the Omega Security Operations Center (SOC) and serves as its log collection and scanning engine at each store. It’s a small, but powerful (5” X 5” X 2”) silent, fan-less, low-power, solid-state computer, pre-loaded with software. It is then sent to your store, or optionally installed by Omega at your store, to monitor and remediate any security issues detected.