Fierce competition during the last two decades has forced retail companies to evolve and reinvent themselves. A modern retailer is heavily relying on IT in order to reach their goals of operational efficiency, lowered costs and better customer experience. Although IT does a fantastic job at all these points it also leaves the companies vulnerable to security breaches that threatens their profit and even valuation on the stock market.
With more instore technology like WiFibased PointofSale terminals, complimentary WiFi access for customers, Smart Beacons, selfservice checkouts, instore advertisement screens and internal administrative networks, the complexity is only increasing.
In summary, these are the major threats and challenges for the retail industry:
Costly leased lines or MPLS networks
Traffic control and network segmentation to ensure healthy operation of critical services such as video surveillance,
VoIP, POS terminals, alarms / access control systems, ERP systems and more