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In an era where virtually all business is conducted digitally, the concept of security gains a level of importance that can only be described as “critical”. Whether you’re running a manufacturing unit or a retail outlet, you need a security system that is reliable and effective.

However, there are other key areas that you need to focus on before relying on a robust security solution. These are key surfaces from where most attacks take place.

Let’s take a look.

The human component

Your store network is generally used by two groups of people– your employees and your partners/remote access users. These people need to be trained on the various aspects of security. You can have the best security solution in the world and it would be completely useless if the people using your network do not take security seriously or if they remain ignorant about it.

This is exactly why you need to conduct regular security training and implement usage policies in order to enhance the effectiveness of your security solution.

The point here is that there is a management aspect to security.

The access component

Access here refers to the surface via which users connect to the store network. This is also the same surface via which hackers and cyber-criminals target your store. Needless to say, access becomes the first line of defense by default.

In fact, if you could rewind a little, you’d remember those deadly WannaCry attacks that took place not too long ago. Well, how do you think those attacks took place?

Surprise, surprise! The Ransomware exploited exactly what we’re discussing here– Access. In the case of these attacks, it was specifically a Microsoft-based TCP port.

A secure network functions as a sensor and uses flow analytics to identify anomalies and recognize attacks. Secure access protocols help in the identification of users, check user/device compliance to policy and deliver appropriate responses to threats.

The device component

Mobile devices also play a key role in the overall security architecture. So, it becomes very important to use the network as a sensor. If that isn’t done, security will be compromised. When the network functions like a sensor, the visibility of a threat goes up and this visibility effectively contains the threat with assistance from intelligent architecture design.

This helps make sure even your customer devices are protected and that anything malicious is quarantined immediately.

The distribution component

When it comes to in-store networks, the architecture is typically designed to connect PoS (Point of Sales) devices to the larger corporate network. However, such architectures have become ineffective, which has been proven by the many breaches that have taken place in the recent past.

What stores now need is a system that separates access from service. This allows the business traffic to continue as a discrete, but, separate flow. The end result is a higher level of security that protects data and also, the customer.

So, as you can see, there are other areas that need attention before you deploy a multi-layered security solution. Do not ignore them.