Operations

11/21/2016
10:00 AM
Steve Zurier
Steve Zurier
Slideshows
Connect Directly
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

5 Ways Retailers Can Stay Safe Over the Holidays

E-commerce experts offer tips for locking down systems as the busy holiday season approaches.
Previous
1 of 6
Next

Image Source: Pixabay

Image Source: Pixabay

The holidays are almost here and retailers are gearing up for another record season for their ecommerce operations.

Research group eMarketer estimates that ecommerce retail sales over the holidays will top $94 billion this year, up 17.2% from last year and dramatically up from slightly more than $54 billion five years ago. Ecommerce will account for 10.7% of total retail sales for the holidays, while it was only slightly under 7% in 2012.

Trevor Hawthorn, CTO at Wombat, adds that while ecommerce companies face security threats all year round, the sheer volume of traffic during the holidays increases anxiety about serious security breaches.

“We all remember that the Target breach happened during the holiday shopping season,” Hawthorn points out. “Companies have to work closely with their customer support staffs and especially look out for social engineering scams. Chat operations in call centers can sometimes lead to breach outcomes, and it is very different than scammers skimming credit card numbers at a gas station.”

Omri Dotan, chief business officer for Morphisec, adds that companies have to focus on protecting their endpoints and servers, and find new innovative ways to remediate threats that lurk in networks for several months before surfacing as a malicious attack.

“Most ecommerce companies have been working on these issues since the summer, but for those that haven’t, they need to think more about the emerging category of advanced endpoint threat prevention,” he explains.

Based on interviews with Hawthorn and Dotan we developed five points for tuning up your e-commerce operations for the holidays.

 

Steve Zurier has more than 30 years of journalism and publishing experience, most of the last 24 of which were spent covering networking and security technology. Steve is based in Columbia, Md. View Full Bio

Previous
1 of 6
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
icoutier
50%
50%
icoutier,
User Rank: Apprentice
11/21/2016 | 10:11:41 AM
it's true
As more and more customer use online shopping, the security threat has strongly increased in the past years. THe Yahoo! leak is a good example.
WebAuthn, FIDO2 Infuse Browsers, Platforms with Strong Authentication
John Fontana, Standards & Identity Analyst, Yubico,  9/19/2018
Turn the NIST Cybersecurity Framework into Reality: 5 Steps
Mukul Kumar & Anupam Sahai, CISO & VP of Cyber Practice and VP Product Management, Cavirin Systems,  9/20/2018
NSS Labs Files Antitrust Suit Against Symantec, CrowdStrike, ESET, AMTSO
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark Reading,  9/19/2018
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Current Issue
Flash Poll
The Risk Management Struggle
The Risk Management Struggle
The majority of organizations are struggling to implement a risk-based approach to security even though risk reduction has become the primary metric for measuring the effectiveness of enterprise security strategies. Read the report and get more details today!
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2018-14889
PUBLISHED: 2018-09-21
CouchDB in Vectra Networks Cognito Brain and Sensor before 4.3 contains a local code execution vulnerability.
CVE-2018-14890
PUBLISHED: 2018-09-21
Vectra Networks Cognito Brain and Sensor before 4.2 contains a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in the Web Management Console.
CVE-2018-14891
PUBLISHED: 2018-09-21
Management Console in Vectra Networks Cognito Brain and Sensor before 4.3 contains a local privilege escalation vulnerability.
CVE-2018-12169
PUBLISHED: 2018-09-21
Platform sample code firmware in 4th Generation Intel Core Processor, 5th Generation Intel Core Processor, 6th Generation Intel Core Processor, 7th Generation Intel Core Processor and 8th Generation Intel Core Processor contains a logic error which may allow physical attacker to potentially bypass f...
CVE-2018-17317
PUBLISHED: 2018-09-21
FruityWifi (aka PatatasFritas/PatataWifi) 2.1 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary commands via shell metacharacters in the io_mode, ap_mode, io_action, io_in_iface, io_in_set, io_in_ip, io_in_mask, io_in_gw, io_out_iface, io_out_set, io_out_mask, io_out_gw, iface, or domain parameter to /ww...