How Retail Cybersecurity Can Adapt to the 2021 New Normal

The retail industry, having learned to co-exist with a global pandemic, saw significant changes in 2020. Foremost among them is a major shift to the eCommerce channel. For those smaller retailers new to eCommerce technology, shopping and payment apps, and work-from-home technology, retail cybersecurity challenges have become much more of a concern for 2021. 2021 Cybersecurity Threats Trustwave’s 2020 Global Security Report found that 24% of all cyberattacks targeted retailers, the most of any industry. Alarmingly, the new normal of eCommerce and work from home (for back office staff) makes retail even more of a target than it was a…

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Why it’s Unwise to Pay too Much but Worse to Pay too Little

Many business leaders today readily accept the lowest bid. But is it prudent to do so? In this post, we present some reasons why it’s unwise to pay too much but worse to pay too little. John Ruskin, a prominent social thinker, philosopher, and philanthropist of the Victorian era, wrote the following often quoted explanation: “When you pay too much, you lose a little money—that’s all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a…

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Rapid Online Retail Growth Drives Small Business Retailers in 2021

Vox calls 2020, “The year shopping changed forever.” And Forbes says, “consumers will likely maintain the same or perhaps higher levels of online purchasing forevermore.” Indeed, the year of the pandemic and lockdowns has seen remarkable growth of 35% or more in online retail, and it appears likely to stick. Thus, the pandemic forced many smaller brick-and-mortar merchants online. Shopify, which provides e-commerce software tools to small and mid-sized retailers, has doubled its revenue year over year, a clear indication that many made the move. The big question is what can small business retailers do in 2021 to prosper? The…

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How to Strengthen Convenience Store Security

High traffic and employee turnover make the more than 150,000 convenience stores (C-stores) in the U.S. attractive targets for cyber-criminals. The nature of the C-store environment makes it difficult to deliver compliance and standardization. So, what can business leaders do to strengthen convenience store security? Why Convenience Store Data Breaches? Some brands in the retail space experience almost no turnover in staff. By comparison, C-stores employ more transient workers. Deploying standards across all the stores proves difficult without having a regional or district manager visit every store on a regular basis. Hence, as studies show, C-stores and gas station chains…

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eMazzanti Technologies Ranked First in Retail Technology on ChannelE2E Top 100 Vertical Market MSPs List

First in retail technology – NYC area IT Consultant is the top ranked end-to-end retail technology solution provider honored in the ChannelE2E list of the Top 100 Vertical MSPs, 2020 Edition Hoboken, NJ (Cision) June 4, 2020 – eMazzanti Technologies, a New York City area retail IT consultant and managed services provider (MSP), has been named to After Nines Inc.’s ChannelE2E Top 100 Vertical Market MSPs list and research for 2020. The company is the top ranked end-to-end retail technology solution provider honored on the 2020 list and ranked 28th of all vertical market MSPs. The annual list and research…

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Update Retail Privacy Practices with New York SHIELD Act

According to a 2019 retail privacy study by Deloitte, the majority of customers worry about the security of their personal data. Yet, only 22 percent of retailers build privacy into their strategic planning. With the New York SHIELD Act taking effect in 2020, retailers have the opportunity to revamp privacy practices to establish trust and strengthen customer relationships. Back in 2016, the adoption of the GDPR in Europe sparked an increased concern about privacy in the United States. Since 2016, at least half of the individual states have passed privacy laws modeled more or less on GDPR, including SHIELD. Many…

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Ecommerce Cyber Security 101 to Protect Your Small Business

Think like a thief. Picture a store left poorly secured, valuable merchandise easily accessible using minimal tools under cover of darkness. Now, imagine a digital storefront with weak security controls and thousands of financial records ripe for the picking. Hackers love small businesses, but you can stop them in their tracks with robust ecommerce cyber security. According to cyber security firm Kaspersky, 48 percent of small to medium businesses have experienced data breaches this year. That means the exposure of financial and personal data for thousands of customers. And it means a payday for hackers who sell that information on…

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10 PCI Compliance Best Practices to Protect Your Business and Customers

In 2014, Home Depot suffered a data breach of historic proportions. Hackers gained access to the retailer’s payment systems, compromising credit card information for 56 million customers. That breach cost Home Depot $179 million. While no organization can claim immunity from cyber-attacks, following PCI compliance best practices can mitigate the extent of the damage. All organizations that process credit cards must adhere to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) or face stiff fines. More importantly, PCI compliance represents a starting point for effective cyber security. Following best practices not only keeps you compliant but protects both your…

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Future of Retail Technology Options for Small Business

In today’s hyper-competitive retail marketplace, innovative technology helps larger and online retailers stay relevant with consumers. Sadly, smaller retailers may think they suffer from a future of retail technology disadvantage because of cost and scale. However, as seen at the just concluded Consumer Electronics Show (CES), there’s plenty of tech to go around. Smaller retailers who find ways to profit from innovation and partner with retail technology experts to adopt appropriate retail technologies will be more likely to keep pace. To emphasize the point, here are several retail technologies highlighted at CES and elsewhere that we believe smaller retailers can…

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eMazzanti Technologies Helps to Advance PCI Security Standards at Council Community Meeting

Hoboken’s IT security experts contributing at exclusive Las Vegas PCI Security Standards Council North America event Hoboken, New Jersey ­- (Cision) September 20, 2018 – eMazzanti Technologies, a New York City area IT security expert, announced today that it will participate and exhibit at the PCI Security Standards Council 2018 North America Community Meeting. The exclusive event will be held September 25 – 27, at The Mirage Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. eMazzanti Technologies is a PCI Security Standards Council Participating Organization and PCI Qualified Integrator (QIR). The company’s IT security professionals at the meeting can be found in…

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