Waves of widespread, continuous cyber attacks hit the retail sector hard in 2014. Big names, including Home Depot and Michaels, suffered massive data breaches that affected millions of customers. Some experts predicted these hacks would slow in 2015 as new payment systems, such as Apple Pay and credit card chips were introduced. Unfortunately, this simply wasn’t true and this year proved to be no different. Cybercriminals continued their assault on retailers, stealing customer data, including names, addresses, social security numbers and even passport information. With the holiday shopping season in full swing, we took a look at this year to reflect on the retailers who were hit the hardest—and to offer up a few lessons learned.
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It’s easy to get wrapped up in the holiday frenzy. With the allure of Cyber Monday markdowns, it’s easy to forget to use proper precautions when shopping online. Everyone expects that all the ecommerce sites are safe, but there is always the possibility of getting tricked into visiting a website managed by cybercriminals. Here are a couple things to be mindful of as you shop online this weekend.
The holiday season is a busy time for online retailers and other ecommerce websites. Unfortunately, it’s also prime time for cybercriminals to attack. As you prepare for the uptick in traffic, don’t let an oversight make you vulnerable to a breach. Instead, get ahead securing your ecommerce website by knowing what to expect.
Anticipate an Attack
Cybercriminals assume that retailers are caught up in the holiday shopping frenzy and will use this opportunity to take advantage of lax security. Anticipating their behaviors can help mitigate risk and prevent an attack.
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Black Friday is one of the most anticipated shopping days of the year. Shoppers are up at the crack of dawn to hit their favorite stores. Some will go as far as to camp out at the stores offering the hottest deals while others will avoid the malls altogether by finding the best sales online. Nearly 100 million Americans are expected to take advantage of Black Friday discounts this year. However, these shoppers aren’t the only ones who have been waiting for Black Friday; cybercriminals are just as excited for this big shopping day. Securing your website for the holiday season is one of the best things you can do for your business and your customers.
Consumers have endless choices of where to shop this holiday season and your store – whether brick & mortar or online— must stand out. A well-designed, easy to use website is critical in cutting through the clutter to attract holiday shoppers and drive them to make a purchase. However, it’s important note that the same features you use to improve your user experience and retain customers can also leave your website vulnerable to a cyberattack and pose a significant threat to your business. Learn what we mean by this…
As more consumers shift to online shopping this holiday season, they expect their information to be protected every time they make a purchase. With just weeks left until the holiday season kicks off, now is the time to review your current website security strategy. It is important to ensure you’re well equipped to protect your customers’ data when cyber criminals attack.
October is Cyber Security Month and it’s a good excuse to assess your web applications and website security before the holiday season.
Few things pose as much risk as an attack aimed at your website. Consider the impact of data breaches to Target, Home Depot and, most recently, Experian and the American Bankers Association. It seems that not a week goes by without a new massive breach making headlines.
While organizations often think of protecting their network, website security is often overlooked, leaving a massive vulnerability open to exploitation. How can you ensure your web applications and website are safe? Use these five tips to make sure your security is where it needs to be: