Retail & Hospitality

Photo: Retail - Woman shopping and hotel lobby check in

PII, or “Personally Identifiable Information” is a hot commodity for cyber criminals, who sell this sensitive information to identity thieves, spammers, and botnet operators for handsome payouts. Unfortunately, with a steady influx of PII through payment card transactions, retail businesses are a top target. Though there was a time when criminals would have to physically rifle through store dumpsters, looking for copies of receipts that contained guest credit card numbers, modern technology has greatly evolved the dexterity with which these attacks are executed. Unfortunately for them, so have our defenses.

With robust solutions for top retail security concerns, including point-of-sale attacks, regulatory compliance, and providing secure guest Wi-Fi access, WatchGuard protects retail businesses, networks, and reputations.

Illustration: POS Device

POS (Point-of-Sale) Intrusions

Retail and hospitality environments must utilize best-in-class network security technologies to not only protect and monitor their payment systems, but to also separate the network used for payment transactions from guest networks and all other information systems. Also, as the target of many dedicated attacks, retail and hospitality businesses must employ solutions for protecting their POS systems from advanced and zero day malware threats. WatchGuard’s Total Security Suite combines multiple security services to deliver powerful, layered protection from malicious POS software. Learn more >


PCI Compliance

Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a widely accepted set of policies intended to secure credit, debit, and cash card transactions and protect cardholders against misuse of their personal information. This standard can be achieved leveraging WatchGuard Firebox appliances – which provide necessary segmentation of network traffic – and WatchGuard Dimension to set alerts and automated reports on compliance related security events like data-leakage, malware, and unauthorized user access. Learn more >

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Secure Wi-Fi Access

Guests expect to quickly connect to a secure network that doesn’t put their personal data at risk. However, retail and hospitality businesses that choose to offer guest Wi-Fi access must address the security implications, including the segmentation of guest networks from corporate networks. An access point allows for a secure and fast Wi-Fi connection, and can be easily managed within the WatchGuard Wi-Fi Cloud platform. Additionally, a Firebox can be deployed to protect against targeted and opportunistic attacks, with WIPS enabled to defend against wireless threats. Learn more >

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

According to Verizon’s Data Breach Investigations report, eighty-one percent of breaches leverage weak or stolen passwords, including many past breaches disclosed by retailers. Our AuthPoint service can help with strong multi-factor authentication (MFA) on an easy-to-manage Cloud platform with a friendly mobile app - bringing effective security together with low total cost of ownership. Learn more >

Quick Facts

87% of consumers would NOT do business with a company that had experienced a data breach.
(CyberSecurity Institute)


74% of cyber attacks in the hospitality industry involve POS intrusions
(Hospitality Tech)


42% of retailers cite in-store Wi-Fi technology as posing their greatest security risk.
(Level 3 Communications)


4 out of 5 businesses fail their interim PCI DSS assessment.
(Payments Cards & Mobile)

“We train our end users, advising them about not clicking phishing emails. But if someone ignores that kind of training, WatchGuard will protect us – blocking dubious sites and sending the user a message to contact the IT department.”

Neil Prince, Group IT Manager, Rybrook Holdings


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