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Erasing Security Threats with the Right Firewall

Much information has been provided about the importance of security awareness and PCI compliance for all businesses large and small. Last month we shared about social engineering and how human error is currently deemed the largest security threat to any organization. At a close second is malware. This malicious software known as viruses, worms, trojan horses, etc. can wreak havoc on your business. But how do you cut down on these threats?

Security Firewalls
Microsoft describes firewalls as a software program or piece of hardware that helps screen out hackers, viruses, and worms that try to reach your computer over the Internet. Firewalls are one important way to protect your business and even your home computer system.

Every business that connects a payment terminal to the internet must use a firewall to protect against potential threats. Restaurants are increasingly vulnerable as more and more digital solutions are implemented. Today’s cyber criminals release bot armies onto the internet to scour portals looking for vulnerable devices. Once a weakness is found they exploit it, stealing credit card information that is sold to other bad guys who use those stolen numbers.

Big corporate brands have a whole IT team working to make their networks secure, so it makes it much harder for a hacker. Yet, as we have seen, many times they still manage to get in. So imagine just how quickly a hacker can get into multiple networks of small businesses since small businesses tend to not have an IT staff monitoring their network activity.

Criminals see small businesses, restaurants in particular, as easy targets for payment system data breaches. This is due in large part to the challenge of managing security among multiple locations, the “it won’t happen to me” mindset of many owner-operators, and the proliferation of digital entry points; Wi-Fi, security cameras, digital menu boards, and of course, point-of-sale-systems.

RDS not only provides the industry-leading products to protect your business, we can also act as the IT department you thought you couldn’t afford. The firewall we recommend is the Netsurion firewall which is trusted by thousands of restaurants to manage their network security. From single unit locations to multi-unit national chains, Netsurion’s managed firewall, wireless and PCI compliance solutions can be integrated by RDS to fit your needs.

Find out how we can help you protect your business by calling Garry Easterling at 678-279-8041.


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