5 Retail Security Tips: Don’t Let Hackers Ruin the Holiday Season

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While many people will be kicking off their holiday shopping this weekend to take advantage of brick-and-mortar or online deals, unsavory hackers will be working on gaining access to consumers’ personal information through retailers for malicious purposes.

Retailers are often targeted during these peak trading periods when it may be easier for criminals to hide their actions in the traffic. Hackers may use distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks to flood retailer networks to render them unavailable to customers. They could also look for vulnerabilities in a retailer’s web site and IT operations to exploit by redirecting traffic for online payments to a fraudulent site, or find a gap in cloud security. With the rise of ransomware, retailers are at greater risk than ever this holiday season. Last week’s news about a breach at Forever 21 is a reminder of what can happen if retailers haven’t taken all the steps needed to tighten their security posture.

See the five tips retailers could take to build up resilience against cyberattacks >

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