How to improve POS security

The hospitality industry had the highest number of breaches among all industry segments measured in both 2011 and 2012, according to a recent study by Verizon. So how can you prevent a security breach in your POS? Jared Issacman, CEO of POS supplier Harbortouch suggests several easy steps that can help improve your security:

1) Restrict remote access: Limit any remote access into POS systems by third-party vendors to reduce the risk of stolen vendor credentials.

2) Maintain customer privacy: Ensure that your terminal is truncating card numbers and only showing the last four digits on receipts.

3) Do not log PIN numbers: Make sure they are not retained in transaction journals or logs subsequent to PIN transactionprocessing.

4) Enforce strong password policies:Make absolutely certain that all passwords used for remote access to POS systems are not factory defaults, the names of your POS vendor, dictionary words or otherwise weak.

5) Restrict personal use of business equipment: Do not browse the web, email, use social media, play games or do anything other than POS-related activities on POS systems.

6) Make sure any online access to your reporting or POS management is always SSL protected: When an SSL certificate is used, the information becomes unreadable to everyone except for the server you are sending the information to. This protects it from hackers and identity thieves. These simple steps can drastically improve the security of your POS and are far worth the effort it takes to implement them.