What is secure retail?

What is Secure Retail?

Secure Retail is a seamless point-of-sale (POS) solution that retail enterprises can use to mitigate cybersecurity threats quickly and cost-effectively across their private and public networks. Today’s retail industry requires a safe and agile environment to deliver and manage end-to-end security for customer transactions, business applications, and infrastructure services at remote retail locations.


Why Use Secure Retail

Retail stores are experiencing a growing number of cybersecurity threats that can lead to data theft (obtaining customer’s personal and credit card information) and compromising other systems at the store. Unauthorized access by third parties are constantly looking for ways to breach and take advantage of security vulnerabilities. Keeping up with new technology to combat evolving security threats across a vast network of retail stores is time consuming and costly, resulting in greater financial risk and threatening brand reputation.

With Secure Retail services, enterprises can easily plan, design, deploy, and manage security at remote stores in a simple, automated, and orchestrated manner. You can transition your network from a legacy, physical hardware-based infrastructure to a newly automated and virtualized secure solution, shown in the reference architecture diagram.

Secure Retail Diagram

The Secure Retail solution uses secure Layer 3 VPN connections from each of the retail stores back to the central core network. A virtual firewall (vSRX) deployed at the retail store ensures that all traffic leaving from the store is inspected and routed properly. This same vSRX also ensures that all traffic adheres to the customer’s corporate policy for Internet usage. To provide extra layers of security at the branch location, you can apply additional Juniper Security components, such as Unified Threat Management (UTM) and Intrusion Prevention System (IPS), to each virtual firewall. By introducing network functions in a virtualized environment, retail services become agile. Third-party virtualized network function (VNF) onboarding enables the integration of additional services, such as traffic optimization.


Benefits of Secure Retail Solution

Cloud services provide automation and rapid service provisioning to IT. As a result, Secure Retail can deliver enterprises the following benefits and features:

  • Unified and Adaptive Security – A complete end-to-end security model that includes unknown malware detection, command and control detection, and machine learning to reduce the risk of data exposure.
  • Automated Provisioning and Analytics – Automated deployment, testing, and validation of the retail network with built-in analytics platform that provides a rapid response to threats, and agility to scale with applications and new stores, while reducing CapEx and OpEx costs and human errors.
  • Risk Management Strategy – Integrated compliance to external standards [Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)] and audit reporting service provide an ongoing risk and security posture analysis.
  • Evolutionary Planning – Provides a road map to drive towards a future enterprise strategy and vision around software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) and intent-based networking systems (IBNS). By consolidating all physical network functions and providing a unified pane of management to reduce truck roll costs, enterprises can easily plan and deploy services with minimal effort.


How Do I Deploy the Secure Retail Solution?

As your business changes and grows, you need the ability to quickly deploy and manage new branch offices, each equipped with the right network services and policies. To provide a clear deployment path, you can collaborate with Juniper’s Professional Services team. Our Professional Services organization has designed and developed a set of retail solutions based on industry and Juniper best practices, tested, and validated for scale and agility with a primary focus on security. Enterprises can seamlessly deploy retail solutions with built in security!

Secure Retail FAQs

What type of POS malware does a secure retail solution protect against?

A secure retail solution, such as a point-of-sale (POS) system, protects against various types of POS malware that can be used to steal sensitive information from customers during retail transactions. Some common types of POS malware a security retail solution can protect against include:

  • Memory-scraping malware: Scans a POS system’s memory for sensitive information, such as credit card numbers and other personal data
  • Keylogger malware: Records every keystroke made on a POS system, including login credentials, credit card numbers, and other sensitive information
  • Malware that intercepts data in transit: Intercepts data as it is transmitted between the POS system and the payment processor, allowing the attacker to steal sensitive information
  • Malware that steals data from storage: Steals sensitive information stored on the POS system’s hard drive or other storage media

How does secure retail protect against cyber-attacks?

Secure retail refers to the measures retailers take to protect their systems, customers, employees, and data from cyber-attacks. There are several ways that retailers protect their networks, including:

  • Network security: Retailers can secure their network infrastructure by using firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention systems (IDPS), and other security devices to monitor network traffic and identify potential threats. They can also segment their network to limit access to sensitive systems and use secure VPN connections for remote access.
  • Strong passwords and two-factor authentication: These should be enforced for all employees and customers accessing company systems. This practice helps prevent unauthorized access to sensitive data and reduce the risk of data breaches.
  • Regular software updates and patches: Retailers should ensure that all software is regularly updated and patched to address known vulnerabilities. This includes operating systems, firmware, drivers, applications, and other software used in their systems.
  • Data encryption: Retailers should encrypt all sensitive data, including payment information, customer information, and employee information, both in transit and at rest. This can help prevent data theft and minimize the impact of data breaches.
  • Employee training and awareness: Retailers should provide regular training and awareness programs for their employees to help them recognize and respond to potential cyber threats like phishing scams, malware, and social engineering hacks.
  • Third-party risk management: Retailers should also manage the risk posed by third-party vendors and service providers. This can include conducting due diligence on vendors before entering into a contractual agreement, regularly monitoring their activities, and requiring them to adhere to the same security standards as the retailer.

What secure retail technology, solutions, or products does Juniper offer?

Juniper Networks offers a variety of secure retail technology product solutions, including:

  • Secure Access Service Edge (SASE): Integrates networking and security while providing direct protected access for users wherever they are
  • Security Director: Unified security, management, visibility, and analytics for centralized and automated enforcement everywhere
  • Juniper Secure Edge: Secure users and applications with consistent security policies that follow users wherever they go
  • Next-Generation Firewall Services (NGFS): Safely allow the operation of critical applications and block advanced malware from entering your network
  • Juniper Advanced Threat Protection Products (ATP): Cloud-based service or on-prem appliance that provides complete advanced malware detection and prevention of zero-day exploits and malicious connections
  • Session Smart™ Router: Combines a service-centric control plane and a session-aware data plane to offer tunnel-free session smart routing, feature-rich policy management, improved stability, and proactive analytics
  • SRX Series Firewalls: Next-generation physical, virtual, and container-based firewalls