Today's news from Hilton is another attack on the Achilles heel of hospitality cyber defenses, the vulnerable point of sale devices. Sources say these attacks seem to stem from compromised point-of-sale devices inside of franchised restaurants, coffee bars and gift shops within Hilton properties.

In spite of large investments in security technology and top notch security personnel, retailers and hospitality firms have an Achilles Heel unique to their business – the point of sale (POS) device. With POS devices handling most of the payment card transactions around the world, these systems are squarely in the cross-hairs of today’s cybercriminals.

iSheriff, a leading cyber security firm recently published a paper titled Point of Sale or Point of Entry; The Achilles Heel in Retail and Hospitality Cyber Security. In this report, iSheriff compares publicly disclosed breach data to the National Retail Federation’s list of top retailers, its Top 250 Global Powers of Retailing, and finds:

  • 50% of the top 10 global retailers have been breached
  • 45% of the top 20 global retailers have been breached
  • 38% of the top 50 global retailers have been breached

Click here to view the iSheriff white paper, Point of Sale or Point of Entry: The Achilles Heel in Retail & Hospitality Cyber Security.


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