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For retailers with many geographically dispersed shops or stores, having secure network connectivity and linking all sites to the head office has become the glue of critical operating processes, such as the Point of Sale (PoS), accounting, inventory control, pricing, customer relationship management applications, and other business services. The in-store store network is vital, yet invisible, to staff and shoppers alike – until it stops working. But when the network goes down, transactions halt, customers go elsewhere, and cash registers stop... [Read More]
by RSS Fortinet Australia  |  Sep 08, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
Every smartphone these days is equipped with ways to connect to WiFi. When your phone is looking for networks to join, it’s detectable by local routers. In a retail store, there’s often additional equipment that can detect your phone’s WiFi capabilities, note your device’s unique ID number, and track your device over time as you move through the store. Retail stores can use this technology to determine the flow of customer foot traffic, analyse conversion rates, and research dwell times in the stores. They can then use... [Read More]
by RSS Fortinet  |  Mar 09, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
In the United States, families will soon be traveling by plane, train and automobile to be with their loved ones to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. Large feasts will be prepared, football games will be viewed, and parades watched. One other great American pastime that, to many, is just as fun and integral to their holiday is the kickoff to the holiday shopping season, which starts with Black Friday and Cyber Monday. People are known to line up for hours and hours in the wee hours of the morning all in the hopes of scoring that killer deal... [Read More]
by RSS Richard Henderson  |  Nov 24, 2014  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
In a recent study conducted by Harris Interactive on how companies can encourage consumers to spend more, 66% of consumers stated they wanted improved customer service and 23% were looking for a tailored shopping experience. One of the biggest challenges facing brick-and-mortar retailers over the next decade is how to compete against their online counterparts, and the “showrooming” effect in particular. Showrooming is when a potential customer comes into your store ready to buy, having already researched the product they want, only to try... [Read More]
by RSS Michael Perna  |  Aug 19, 2014  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
This is a Guest Blog by Secured Retail Retail IT environments are becoming complex as retailers continue to grow and add stores. Each store is another end-point which needs to be secured and all stores need to meet PCI-DSS regulatory requirements in order for the retailer to be deemed compliant. Secured Retail works with retailers and restaurants of all sizes and the following are five challenges we face due to the distributed nature of the retail environment: Secured Retail Networks, Inc. is a Fortinet Platinum Partner and a consulting... [Read More]
by RSS Zeba Naqvi  |  Jan 20, 2014  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
Federal and State laws, as well as industry regulations, are major drivers in the security industry, and none are probably more far-reaching and controversial than the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). Here, Fortinet provides an overview of PCI DSS and what you need to know about this regulation. It's not a law. Unlike data security laws that are created by legislators, PCI DSS is a worldwide regulation crafted by the PCI Security Standards Council, which is an open, global forum founded by: American Express, Discover, JCB... [Read More]
by RSS UnAttributed  |  Jan 15, 2014  |  Filed in: Security 101
Today we published new research that shows where SMB retailers stand in regards to compliance regulations, security policies and new technologies that help manage big data and security infrastructure. Based on findings from an independent U.S.-based survey of 100 SMB retail organizations with less than 1,000 employees, the survey revealed that a majority of retailers are aware of an increasingly complex threat and regulatory environment and are applying best security practices and compliance policies to keep safe. However, more than one in five... [Read More]
by RSS Michael Perna  |  Jan 13, 2014  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
PCI mandates have forced retailers to take a hard look at their network security. As a retailer, how do you securely protect store data from malware and other Internet-based attacks? How do you secure a retail location with many different network security functionalities while also being cautious of space limitations? Is a wireless infrastructure feasible both from a security standpoint and from a budgetary perspective? Find out the answers to these questions by attending the Fortinet webinar "Cashing in on Network Security: PCI with ROI in a Retail... [Read More]
by RSS Maeve Naughton  |  Apr 08, 2010  |  Filed in: Security Research