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Five Tips to Avoid a Data Breach at Your Restaurant — The Rail

Every month it seems there is a new POS data breach reported. Here are five tips for making sure a data breach doesn’t happen at your restaurant.

By Jonathan Sellers

This story was originally published on NextRestaurants.

Breach! Every month it seems there is a new POS data breach reported.

What is most disturbing to me about the recent trend of data breaches is that it has such a common occurrence that it seems a part of everyday life. Even I, myself, have had my American Express Card reissued five times in the last year.

As a consumer annoyed with frequent card re-issuance, I asked American Express to create me a second card account to use for my auto payments and recurring charges so that when my “shopping/business” Amex is reissued yet again it is a bit less disruptive.

So what can you do as a merchant to make my life as a consumer easier, while also protecting your business from a credit card data breach? Well I am glad you asked, as this is the topic of our next article in the series.

One of the mistakes I am afraid restaurants, and especially smaller restaurants, will make is viewing data breaches as inevitable or unavoidable, and thus not take proper actions to mitigate the risks.

But as a career POS expert, I can tell you that there are steps you can take to secure your systems against potential data breaches and the resulting associated pain with customers’ credit cards being exposed. While I can’t guarantee that if you follow these steps you will never have to deal with a breach, you can make it much harder for hackers to obtain your customers’ data and thus protect your business and your customers’ personal finances.

1. Secure your card processing network.

2. Assess your environment

3. Don’t forget your employees.

4. Make the move to EMV.

5. Insure yourself.

Read the details the above list on how to avoid data breaches at the link below.

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