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Backoff PoS Malware Boomed In Q3
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Robert McDougal
Robert McDougal,
User Rank: Ninja
10/27/2014 | 1:49:09 PM
Re: Justification for not implementing PoS safeguards?
I would say that a major issue is the lack of qualified security personnel.  In my experience, there is currently a severe lack of people with an information security background.
aws0513
aws0513,
User Rank: Ninja
10/27/2014 | 12:01:02 PM
Re: Justification for not implementing PoS safeguards?
I feel "unawarness" is a blanket statement for several situations to include:
  • No IT security team (this is still a reality in smaller companies).
  • Poorly manned or resourced IT security team.
  • An IT security team that has little or no real management backing or influence.
  • Management that just doesn't get it...  period.

My favorite quote to sum up my personal feelings of this Backoff PoS debacle:
"The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it." - George Bernard Shaw

 
RyanSepe
RyanSepe,
User Rank: Ninja
10/27/2014 | 11:38:23 AM
Re: Justification for not implementing PoS safeguards?
Ha, no apologies needed. I feel that was a very concise and well appropriated manner to answer my question. I just cannot fathom those as justifiable with the current predicament companies are experiencing. Is the managment "unawareness" for enterprises that don't have a InfoSec team or CISO? If there is still "unawareness" to that end, I feel at this point it would just be apathy.
prospecttoreza
prospecttoreza,
User Rank: Strategist
10/27/2014 | 10:31:01 AM
...incredibly difficalt ?
The retailers normally buy the PoS systems from integrators. They do not put it together themselves. At which point the systems acuire the valnerabilities - are they improperly configured when installed? Or the retailers IT tinker with them and break the defences to make them work with the company systems? If it is the latter, i would like to read a details explanation of the difficalties, with scripts attached.
aws0513
aws0513,
User Rank: Ninja
10/27/2014 | 9:56:26 AM
Re: Justification for not implementing PoS safeguards?
I cannot swallow many justifications at this time, but I can predict some of what is being served up.
  • Lack of technical manpower (tossed salad).
  • Logistics issues regarding upgrading of older hardware (salad dressing).
  • Management "unawareness" (tasteless cooked chicken).
  • Management denial or refusal to deal with the problem (ostrich soup).
  • Immediate funding issues (the normal catch-all vanilla ice cream dessert with multiple toppings).

That is the usual menu items. 
At the moment, I cannot think of any specials that the corporate chefs have served in the past, but I'm sure there are some original dishes being developed in backwater kitchens out there.

(Sorry for the food references, but I am in a goofy mood this morning...  and I need a breakfast break)

 
RyanSepe
RyanSepe,
User Rank: Ninja
10/27/2014 | 8:31:46 AM
Justification for not implementing PoS safeguards?
Is there any reason, especially with the current popularity of these exploits, that retailers would not be implementing these best practices when it comes to PoS? Perhaps employee bandwidth? Some of these recommendations could be followed by changing simple infrastructure elements that don't require any monetary involvement.  
securityaffairs
securityaffairs,
User Rank: Ninja
10/27/2014 | 7:00:42 AM
About the repor
I agree with data and observations proposed in the report, anyway I hope that next reports could provide more detailed info. I suggest the readers to read the US CERT document mentioned in the report about Backoof POS malware.

We all agree that industry must assume a proper security posture to avoid further damages 


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