The contemporary business environment is essentially a small subsystem in the larger cyber world. Every enterprise, no matter how technically progressive or apprehensive about technology, is connected to and handles different streams of data. The current IT landscape is highly disruptive, but it does promise better business outcomes for those who are Internet of Things (IoT) ready and prepared to embrace Big Data. However, there are some apprehensions about this more connected, omnipresent, and easily accessible data — it opens many doors to hackers, creating room for Cyber threats to seep in.
A stark reality facing today’s businesses is the never-ending threat to cyber-security and a strategy for how to combat it. An even greater concern is damage to corporate image, consumer trust, loss of revenue, liability to customers, and the ever-increasing statutes imposed by lawmakers and agencies who point the finger at businesses for failure to take responsibility for preventing data theft.
Recently, I wrote about the continuing threat Windows users face. Despite the major advances Microsoft has made in terms of increased security safeguards available in the latest release, Windows 10, there are millions of PCs still running older versions of the popular operating system which are highly vulnerable and susceptible to external threats. Of the many flavors of Windows still widely used, Windows 7 remains the most popular version of the operating system and where cyber criminals continue to focus much of their efforts.
Much of the talk around the proverbial POS Industry “water cooler” has been around the now more than six month old announcement about the new Visa requirement for all Level 4 merchants. As a refresher: the card brand is requiring that merchants in this tier must use only PCI QIR professionals for POS application and terminal installation and integration. This requirement will go into effect in January 2017. It marks Visa’s effort, in their words, to establish requirements “for acquirers to ensure their small merchants are taking steps to secure their payment environment.”
There is a lot of buzz today about the Internet of Things (IoT)—but is it a small wave to let pass, or is this a “big one” that RSPA members should be ready to ride out? This technology trend touches many parts of the retail IT market and is expected to be a bigger part of retail IT budgets in 2016 and 2017. In this article, Todd Cripe of Best of Breed Solutions and Velda Goodin of ScanSource explore what’s driving these expenditures and how RSPA members can benefit from these trends.
How is it June already? Weren’t we just talking about our plans for 2016? Time is marching on, things continue to move quickly, and I’ve begun to cherish the moments of relaxation I have. One such instance was a few nights ago, when I was relaxing and watching HBO’s Real Sports.
Retailers of all sizes are selling on multiple channels including in-store, online, mobile, and social media. RSPA members have traditionally worked with brick-and-mortar retailers, but, as those businesses have added online and mobile channels—and as online retailers have begun to open brick-and mortar stores —the lines have blurred. Many RSPA members’ retail customers are selling online, and retail solutions resellers don’t provide omnichannel solutions, could lose a part, if not all, of that client’s business to someone who does.
On Thursday, April 14, 2016, RSPA returned to Canada for its first Canadian Community networking event in Montreal, Quebec. The event was held to coincide with the dates of SIAL Canada, the country’s largest food service tradeshow and conference. Hosted at the Le Place D’Armes Hotel & Suites, the evening was an opportunity for Canada-based resellers and vendors to connect over food and beverages.
In our role as an IT equipment reseller and supplier, we’re charged with providing network connectivity solutions for many retailers with brick and mortar stores across the country. One of the more interesting trends we’ve been witnessing has been the unyielding expansion in the scope of what those retailers rely upon connectivity to achieve.
Web application security is a very hot topic these days. So what do CISOs need to know in order to deal with related risks?