Stay Compliant to Help Prevent Attacks
Cybercrime prevention has never been more important to businesses – particularly with a meteoric 41% rise in attacks on retail brands during the pandemic, according to TechRepublic. As such, retailers must be vigilant in ensuring store systems are kept up-to-date and compliant. Doing so will limit exposure to such attacks and increase the likelihood for better recovery capabilities should a cyberattack occur.
At the same time, retailers with large store estates — each typically containing multiple POS terminals — face significant costs to upgrade all their devices. Without upgrading, however, their POS terminals can’t access the latest updates and patches, exposing the stores to higher security and compliance risks.
Remember, POS terminals, including self-checkout kiosks, are PCs running on POS-specific software. They depend on the same support and upgrade cycles as other computer platforms and on the continued support of operating system and application providers, such as Microsoft.
The end of support for POSReady 7 systems should act as a reminder for retailers to act and invest in their IT stacks now to avoid costly last-minute fire drills, and to plan ahead for future software deaths.