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Avoid being the next Target for payment malware

01/30/2014  |  By: Mark Burnette, CPA, CISSP, CISM, CISA, CRISC, CGEIT, ITIL, QSA, Shareholder, Information Security


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The well-publicized recent security breaches at Target, Neiman Marcus and Michaels may be just the tip of the iceberg and underscore why all merchants should review the security of their point-of-sale (POS) card payment systems on a regular basis.

The FBI says it has identified approximately 20 incidents related to POS malware in the past year alone. Attackers have recognized that POS systems are a good target because they are a regular point of processing valuable credit card information, and because they are sometimes less secure than typical computer systems.

So what can a retailer do to reduce its susceptibility to POS-based malware? Here are some tips:


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