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Holiday Security Measures

Holiday Security Measures
Employee Emeritus Employee Emeritus ‎11-29-2011 11:46 AM

small biz photo 2.jpgThe holiday shopping season is upon us.

 

If you operate a small business or retail operation that sees increased sales during the holidays, protecting your customers’ information is essential to a successful season.  Check out some security tips to help protect your business:

  • Retailers should not make—or allow—any significant changes to their IT systems leading up to the holidays. They should focus instead on establishing a stable, secure snapshot-in-time of their network to establish a baseline should a breach occur. 
  • Traffic moving between stores and between headquarters and stores is commonly overlooked in retail environments.  During the holiday season lockdown, network traffic should be closely monitored for activity that might characterize a security incident.  If possible, consider blocking all non-essential store-to-store and store-to-headquarters traffic.
  • Businesses often do not have a keen sense of their own data – what is vital to the business, where the data is stored, where it flows and who has access. It is virtually impossible to protect data if a business does not know it exists or where it resides. 
  • Unnecessary data retention is a major trap for retailers.  Sensitive data such as consumer- and identity-related information are a goldmine for data thieves, and therefore can be a retailer’s greatest exposure. Unnecessary sensitive data should be purged.
  • While interactions with business partners are part of everyday business, they can also expose organizations to heightened risk. To enhance security within third-party interactions, retailers should only allow third parties to connect to their network with specific approval and/or a trouble ticket, and they should require unique IDs and use two-factor authentication, such as a user name/password and token.

These steps for your business or your customers are not onerous and can provide that measure of precaution that will allow you to focus on running your business during the holidays and not on data breaches and/or theft.VISS photo.png

 

This may be a good time to also check out some of our short Security Matters video, click here to see one on visitors or go to the Verizon Small Biz Blog to see others.

 

Click here to see a short video on the security solution Verizon offers small businesses.

 

What other safety measures do you put in place for your business during the holidays?   

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Tumara Jordan

Senior Manager: Verizon Business Markets

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Tumara is a contributor to the Business Markets Marketing team and she currently manages Social Media marketing campaigns.


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