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51 UPS Stores' Point-of-Sale Systems Breached
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Robert McDougal
Robert McDougal,
User Rank: Ninja
8/25/2014 | 11:21:38 PM
Re: POS security?
It is getting there, but it will take time for retailers to catch up.  Until the Target breach many retailers viewed their POS systems as unaffected by malware.  Now they have to play catchup, which will take several years.
RoyKelly2
RoyKelly2,
User Rank: Apprentice
8/21/2014 | 8:34:01 PM
Re: POS security?
Excellent point!  Just as in any network, each device and application needs some form of security, even if it is encrypting the data being transmitted.  anyone with even the least bit of security training was taught this, but are retailers aware?  I think not.  It is up to us who work in the security field to train them.
vnewman2
vnewman2,
User Rank: Strategist
8/21/2014 | 7:16:58 PM
Re: POS can be made hack proof
Wow.  Just wow. I don't think people are shocked to hear about data breaches - it's the price we pay for doing business the way we do. But, undetected for 8 months. Egad.

But kudos for them for being - let's say - "somewhat" proactive when they received the government bulletin and having an audit done.   Too bad the victims won't know they are victims until their own information get used against them!
MarkSitkowski
MarkSitkowski,
User Rank: Moderator
8/21/2014 | 6:53:55 PM
POS can be made hack proof
The trick to this, which few US retailers appear to have grasped, is to not have anything worth stealing on their systems. As long as there are card numbers and PIN's, hackers will find it rewarding to steal them. Although this article specifically refers to this week's other Great Breach, Supervalu, it is relevant to all POS systems. Take a look at Finextra article 'The Flaw in POS terminal security. Solved'
securityaffairs
securityaffairs,
User Rank: Ninja
8/21/2014 | 1:27:08 PM
Re: Resonsibility and Repercussions
It's time to change the approach to cyber security, retailers most of all are seriously exposed to the risk of hack.

Anyway it will be interesting if the threat actor behind the attack is the same of the popular data breaches suffered by Target and other retailers.

Another element of interest is the real dimension of this data breach, how many customers were involved. 
Stratustician
Stratustician,
User Rank: Moderator
8/21/2014 | 1:00:47 PM
POS security?
I have to be the first to ask, do any of these retailers ever stop to think that POS systems require their own security outside perimeter devices (Firewalls, IDS/IPS) which are protecting the overall network?  These sytems, while they might be limited in their overall functionality, are one of the most critical endpoints and need to be secured.  How many more of these breaches are required before POS systems become part of the overall security policy?
PaulH835
PaulH835,
User Rank: Apprentice
8/21/2014 | 12:58:34 PM
Resonsibility and Repercussions
When a company has an IT security breech the company replutation can be humilated, its stock impacted, and of course it can suffer business loss. But there does not seem to be any legal liability. If a public company errors in its financial reporting we now hold its significant officiers legally responsibile. That has created immense focus on many areas of security left neglected in the past. It seems we may need similar incentives to motivate focus on protecting customer personal information at any point it comes into contact with a company's systems. 


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