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FEB 2016

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24 | Progressive Grocer Independent | February 2016 Data Security Business D ata breaches have sadly become commonplace. It's not unusual for the news to be flled with the details of another major retailer being hacked. Smaller retailers can often get a false sense of security that it won't happen to them. "It's not like you consciously have the thought that 'they're not going to come after me,'" says Paul Heskestad, director of IT for DeCicco & Sons, a six-store independent supermarket based in Ardsley, N.Y. "It's like you're a teenager. Teenagers don't consciously think 'I'm invincible,' even though teenagers do think they're invincible. Tey just have that attitude because they don't know any better, and unfor- tunately, it's not an excuse, but that's the way we were." DeCicco & Sons sufered a data breach last spring, and smaller companies being hacked isn't un- usual. Yellowfront Grocery, based in Damariscotta, Maine, experienced a hack of its POS system last Novem- ber; Uncle Giueseppe's Marketplace had a data breach at three of its fve Long Island, N.Y. locations in 2014; Spokane, Wash.-based URM Stores sufered a breach in 2013 that afected 40 percent of its 190 stores. Te list could go on and on. Targeting Small Businesses Ninety percent of breaches impact small business, according to Chica- go-based Trustwave. And of those that have been breached, 70 percent are out of business six months after the attack. (None of the companies cited above has gone out of business). Even scarier is the notion that your company has likely been breached and you don't even know about it, ac- cording to First Data, in Atlanta. Hackers also have become more sophisticated. In 2007, in the TJ- Maxx breach, one of the frst large ones, the hackers found a vulnerabili- ty in WiFi skimming, which required a physical presence. Now the hacks often come in through malware. Unfortunately, malware can be found everywhere: the internet, email, apps, or your POS and networks. Te DeCicco & Sons breach was traced back to an email sent to an employee, who opened it in the store, whereupon the virus attached itself to one of the registers. It eventually spread to all of the registers. Customers were the ones who brought the breach to DeCicco Protecting Data Data hacks are increasingly common, and while retailers can never be completely secure, some practices can help reduce the risk. By Katie Martin 3 Rules for Online Safety To help reduce the chances of being hacked, do the following: 1. If you didn't search it out, don't install it. 2. If you installed it, update it. (Be sure all patches are up to date.) 3. If you no longer need it, delete it. Source: Shazam g

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