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Analyst Webcast: Securing Retail Beyond the Cash Register--Insider Threats and Targeted Attacks

  • Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 1:00 PM EDT (2015-07-28 17:00:00 UTC)
  • G. Mark Hardy


  • Palo Alto Networks

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Securing Retail Beyond the Cash Register--Insider Threats and Targeted Attacks

When retailers think about security threats, they often think of point-of-sale (POS) systems. That's only natural, given the seemingly endless series of breaches of customer credit and debit card data dominating the headlines. POS systems such as card scanners are where customers share their credit card information, so it's only natural to assume that's where such data is compromised, and where retailers should tighten their security, but the network and platforms at the core of the enterprise are where today's advanced persistent threats (APTs) do their damage. Blocking these threats requires a comprehensive strategy that includes network segmentation, role-based access controls, continual monitoring of the entire IT infrastructure, but basic security measures such as proper patching and use of encryption remain important. This webcast discusses how today's retail attacks target far more than POS systems, where common retail security strategies fall short, six steps retailers should take to minimize the risk to their customers' sensitive data, and the capabilities they should look for in associated security tools.

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Speaker Bio

G. Mark Hardy

G. Mark Hardy is founder and president of National Security Corporation. He has been providing cyber security expertise to government, military, and commercial clients for over 30 years, and is an internationally recognized expert who has spoken at over 250 events world-wide. G. Mark serves on the advisory board of CyberWATCH, an Information Assurance/Information Security Advanced Technology Education Center of the National Science Foundation. A retired U.S. Navy Captain, he was privileged to serve in command nine times, including responsibility for leadership training for 70,000 sailors. He also served as wartime director of the Joint Operations Center for US Pacific Command, and assistant director of technology and information management for naval logistics in the Pentagon, with responsibility for information security, public key infrastructure and internet security. Captain Hardy was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, five Meritorious Service Medals, and 24 other medals and decorations. A graduate of Northwestern University, he earned numerous degrees including an MBA and a master's degree in strategic studies, and holds the GSLC, CISSP, CISM and CISA certifications.

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