Retail Cyber Security
No other sector is as in the public eye as the retail sector. Last year, 38% more security incidents were reported than in 2014, but the increase in the retail sector was an enormous 154%. The retail sector provides a unique store of information for cybercriminals from credit card information to PII. Retailers find themselves in an environment where they must compete to keep customers while defending themselves against ever-evolving cyber attacks. These cybercriminals seek to obtain financial and other customer data that they can monetize; they target point-of-sale (PoS) systems, or customer databases to obtain stored financial data, stored personally identifiable information (PII), and the like. Additionally, Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) actors aiming to gain a competitive edge over their competition. These threat actors may seek to understand supply chains and manufacturing processes in order to copy processes or identify weaknesses. The type of cyber attacks used to perpetrate crimes against the retail sector fall into various categories such as hacking (use of stolen credit cards), malware, and phishing.