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Preventing Retail Data Loss with a Comprehensive IT Security Strategy


Data security breaches are a consistent risk of doing business in the digital age. While cybercrime is a threat to all industries, the retail sector especially is targeted by cyber attackers. In 2016, retailers made up the largest share of data breaches, and between 2015 and 2016, cyberattacks on retail organizations grew 154 percent, with an increase in loss of 159 percent.

For retailers, data breaches can be worse than simply losing data. According to a study by the Ponemon Institute, the biggest financial consequence to organizations that experienced a data breach is lost business. This is especially frightening for small and midsize businesses (SMBs) who cannot afford to lose data, income, or customers. SMB retailers need to follow the trend Insight reports other SMBs are following by improving infrastructure and security.

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Source: Insight 2017

Though 42 percent of SMBs are looking to invest in cloud services, cloud may not be the safest, and retail SMBs need to be sure their data is safe. Retail SMBs concerned with cloud safety are looking for an affordable, easy to implement solution to their growing cyber challenges. Hybrid IT—on-premises servers with cloud accents—is the solution.

According to a Harvard Business Review study, Hybrid IT is ideal for SMBs because it allows them not only to better manage security and mitigate risk, but it also grants them a better end customer experience.Capture2.JPG

Source: Harvard Business Review 2017

Security and risk mitigation are necessities in the retail world, and on-premises servers can provide them. With on-premises servers, businesses gain security measures that are impossible with the cloud. By utilizing the security of on-premises servers and the flexibility of the cloud, businesses have the best of both worlds.

To implement a Hybrid IT solution that will help prevent data loss, retail SMBs should invest in the world’s most secure industry standard servers, HPE ProLiant Gen10 servers. In ProLiant Gen10 servers, security is burned right into the silicon components on the motherboard with Silicon Root of Trust. This makes the system literally impossible to compromise. With the ProLiant Gen10 series, HPE focused on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) security framework of protect, detect, and recover when building its unique Silicon Root of Trust capability. Secure Start with Silicon Root of Trust offers the following advantages:

  • Integrated management. On boot, the first device initialized is the HPE Integrated Lights Out (iLO) management controller. Out of the box, HPE iLO simplifies server setup, provides access to server health information, enables scalable server management, improves server power and thermal control, as well as basic remote administration. Because iLO 5 is embedded in ProLiant Gen10 servers, it is more difficult to compromise.
  • Firmware safety. Runtime Firmware Verification ensures that essential firmware is checked at regular intervals to identify any potential intrusions that may occur post-boot. iLO gives businesses the option to automatically repair the firmware from the known-good Recovery Set or only log/report on failed firmware scans.
  • Secure recovery. If something does happen, Gen10 systems include a factory-installed Recovery Set of firmware. Secure Recovery allows server firmware to roll back to the last known good state or factory settings after detection of compromised code.

HPE ProLiant Gen10 servers has integrated end-to-end security solutions meant to help businesses embrace Hybrid IT. Retail SMBs who invest in these servers gain these benefits and more.

To learn more about how HPE Gen10 can help prevent data loss in your retail SMB, please follow us on Twitter at @HPE_SMB.


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George Hope is Vice President, Worldwide Small and Medium Business. He brings to HPE over 20 years of technology experience, joining HPE as part of the SimpliVity acquisition, where he was VP, Global Channels. He was named one of the 50 most influential channel chiefs by CRN in 2015 and 2016. Prior to SimpliVity, George spent 17 years at EMC. He was Sr. Director of Global Channels for EMC’s Isilon Division, where he tripled the partner business in 3 years. George also led the US Field Channel team for all product lines from EMC, and has held other Sales, Sales Strategy and Channel Management positions. George holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.