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POS Vendor Announces January Data Breach
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RyanSepe
RyanSepe,
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2/21/2019 | 2:47:21 PM
'POS" Equipment
Whenever I hear "POS" my first reaction is to think of the more crude acryonym instead of Point of Sale. But from a security perspective the former "POS" acronym is in many ways still appropriate for Point of Sale. They are devices that typically run older software ontop of deprecated hardware. They are very rarely/never patched and they keeped getting knocked over by cyber criminals. Because they are meant to process transactions you would think that companies would be more apt to securing them....unfortunately I have not seen a culture change around their implementations. 
REISEN1955
REISEN1955,
User Rank: Ninja
2/22/2019 | 12:48:06 PM
Re: 'POS" Equipment
Our local Kroger just upgraded POS stations to Windows 7 - about time.  When I saw the boot process running before the upgrade --- ready folks?????   Drum Roll please: WINDOWS NT
Dr.T
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
2/25/2019 | 10:43:17 AM
POS
POS devices are critical part of overall interconnected network, it should not be this easy to have a beeach, they have not learned anything from Target obviously.
Dr.T
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
2/25/2019 | 10:48:41 AM
Re: 'POS" Equipment
They are devices that typically run older software ontop of deprecated hardware. Agree. This is a common problem with POS devices, costly to replace them with newer versions.
Dr.T
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
2/25/2019 | 10:50:24 AM
Re: 'POS" Equipment
Because they are meant to process transactions you would think that companies would be more apt to securing them. I agree. Unfortunately they do not. Main reason is the cost but also negligence I would say.
Dr.T
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
2/25/2019 | 10:51:55 AM
Re: 'POS" Equipment
Our local Kroger just upgraded POS stations to Windows 7 - about time Agree. This is the problem. Already outdated OS.
Dr.T
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
2/25/2019 | 10:54:07 AM
Re: 'POS" Equipment
Drum Roll please: WINDOWS NT I hear you. I prefer POS devices have their own OS so it does not have the vulnerabilities we see on the PC OSes. POS OS could be more specialized and FW level so harder to get in.
REISEN1955
REISEN1955,
User Rank: Ninja
2/25/2019 | 3:21:04 PM
Re: 'POS" Equipment
A good many retail POS devices had an embedded version of Windows XP for years and as I supported systems as an independent consultant at that time,  always wondered about the tech difference for such an operating system.  I am doing back 10 years or so.  Stores like Dress Barn come to mind.  Second weakness are third party systems such as the UPS SHIPPING STATION.  I had no idea WHO manages that one in a corp environment. 


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