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Susan McReynolds

A Verse on Security Vigilance

Tips for retailers to protect themselves and customers from cyber threats.

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Twas’ the night before Christmas, when through the dark web,

Hackers were scheming to fill you with dread!

Here are a few of their favorite things,

To keep retailers on edge in 2018.

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Credit cards, passwords, emails and more,

The KRACK vulnerability broke open the door!

  Systems and servers must always be patched,

  So sensitive data cannot be snatched.       

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Most retail breaches? Exploited point-of-sale,

With cyberthieves intent on masking their trail.

The average dwell time ?197 days,

Far too long for hackers to prey.

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 Social engineers are quite sophisticated,

Call-center agents can easily be baited.

Advanced fraud detection is becoming a must,

Caller authentication can maintain brand trust.

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 The latest endpoints in your retail locations,

Cause C-level execs security frustrations.

IoT, Wi-Fi – all in-store deployments,

Require next-gen firewalls to block hacker enjoyment.

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Employee phishing is so easy – beware!

Cute kitten videos can embed malware.

Threat intelligence reveals data exfiltration,

Reducing damage to your brand reputation.

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Retail data poses a serious threat,

Hackers spy a lucrative asset.

While omnichannel data must be connected,

Use wavelength encryption to keep it protected.

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 Migrating platforms to cloud service providers,

Protect retail data from malicious outsiders.

Private connections help reduce cloud threats,

Run applications and workloads sans any regrets.

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With DDoS attacks increasing in size,

Ingest capacity could be your demise.

Keep web-facing assets protected year-round,

Ensure mitigation strategies are robust and sound.

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Bulk up defenses to catch infiltrations,

Across data center, corporate and retail locations.

With hackers and thieves constantly scanning,

IT security should always be planning.

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  Cyber threats and vectors are constantly evolving,

Next-gen defenses will aid problem solving.

Layered approaches for security controls,

Help retailers reach 2018 safeguarding goals!

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