Modern retailers’ expanding cyber security needs are creating challenges as the size and scope of required applications increases. Retailers live in an always-on environment, with many applications operating at all times and the costs of downtime or a data breach potentially crippling. Add to this a customer expectation of elements such as speedy processing of payments and available WiFi connections, which can lead retailers to utilize less secure public internet connections. Mike Wood explains in Security Magazine:
Retail is arguably one of the world’s most cybersecurity-dependent sectors, and the opportunities to integrate technology to improve service quality, realize affordability and enhance the user experience are wide open. The impact of network downtime or service disruption can result in significant financial and business losses. With so much at stake, the retail industry has no tolerance for network failure.
Wood explains that utilizing secure access service edge (SASE) can provide retailers with necessary protections while reducing the infrastructure and cost impacts:
Whether the retail organization decides to expand to new geographical locations by opening new branch offices or through acquisitions/mergers, cybersecurity leaders’ roles are critical in quickly onboarding new locations. SD-WAN’s centralized administration and console make it easy to integrate new services and locations while adjusting policies remotely for immediate results, without having to worry about the cost, resources and logistics associated with setting up a new cybersecurity infrastructure at a new location.
Overview by Jordan Hirschfield, Director of Research at Mercator Advisory Group