SonicWall Solutions for Retail & Hospitality
Integrated, easy-to-manage platforms for retail/POS network security and connectivity to keep transactions flowing securely. POS terminals, broadband connections and VPNs can all present a tremendous risk to retailers, and an unprotected system can cause tremendous financial damage. Retailers can make sure that when they use the Internet to connect to POS applications, inventory or credit card applications, that access remains fast and secure. In addition, SonicWall's Continuous Data Protection (CDP) ensures that data is protected and recoverable from any point in time.
Security and Productivity Gains
Modern retailers are looking for productivity gains and ways to cut costs, and newer point-of-sale (POS) systems, often based on wireless protocols, provide these gains. These POS systems can be tied to back-end inventory systems for real-time inventory updates and inventory management. These and other emerging applications present new challenges however, and can be an attractive target for attackers. With a SonicWall Internet security appliance positioned between the Internet and the POS system, all of that essential customer information stored on the POS system can be protected from potential vulnerabilities.
Additionally, continuous operation is always important in a retail environment. SonicWall fits the bill with back-up connectivity and multiple failover options. Utilizing SonicWall solutions, retailers get reliable backup connections, and those vital POS systems are continuously available.
Clean Wireless Solutions
Retailers are extending wireless access to employees, point-of-sale customers and beyond. SonicWall SonicPoint-N™ Dual Band and SonicPoint™ wireless access point devices and SonicWall Power over Ethernet (PoE) Injectors complement our award-winning line of network security appliances to protect all sensitive customer and business data as it moves over the wireless connections. SonicWall UTM services including gateway anti-virus, anti-spyware and intrusion prevention help protect employees and guests from the latest threats and vulnerabilities. In addition, the Application Firewall provides the policy enforcement to control which applications are being used on the wireless network. The SonicWall Clean Wireless solution gives retailers, for the first time, the confidence that their wireless network is as secure and well managed as their wired network.
Compliance with Payment Card Industry (PCI) data security standards is high on a retailer's list of priorities, especially with recent mandates and high-profile credit card data thefts. Retailers that have not already addressed PCI compliance must do so immediately in order to continue accepting credit and debit card payments. To do that, the company should adopt a mindset of security throughout the entire enterprise. SonicWall offers a complete security solution for the PCI environment. With a full set of security functions, all in a single, integrated device, retailers have immediate access to virtual private networking, firewall and intrusion prevention, connectivity, wireless security, virus protection, and content filtering—going far beyond the levels of security mandated by PCI compliance.
Unified Threat Management
Regardless of whether it's the front office or back office, a retailer needs connectivity to be efficient, and that connectivity must be secured to protect the information and keep customer data safe and secure. SonicWall protects retail environments with a comprehensive security environment, that includes Unified Threat Management (UTM) to protect against all application-layer and content-based attacks; secure remote access (SRA), and continuous data protection.
Retail thought leadership
As the business outlook has darkened during the past few months, so have the restless sleeping patterns of top-level retail executives. Coping with the new realities of today’s economic climate requires retailers to sharpen their focus on what matters most, and to commit their organizations to a short but highly strategic priority list. The first step is deciding which priorities to focus on: labor,inventory, financial management, and IT management. The next step—and it’s a crucial one—is managing all of these priorities with impeccable execution and flawless efficiency. As growth and innovation are supplanted by security and survival, retailers must avoid becoming losers in 2009 while simultaneously positioning themselves to hit the ground running when the economy eventually bounces back. Learn more about the RIS Thought Leadership Series.