With new consumer EMV-chip protection requirements implemented at the end of 2015 in place, much of the liability for credit card fraud has moved from banks and card issuers directly to retail merchants. While good for the banks and great for consumers, retail organizations are increasingly under the gun as targeted attacks against point of sale (PoS) systems are on the rise.

Malware targeting PoS systems is one of the largest sources of stolen credit card information, but the problem isn’t just one of protecting PoS systems – it also includes many of the hosts that backend the normal retail ecosystem.

Then there’s the problem of uptime. If a PoS system is compromised, traditional security requirements demand that it be taken offline. At a large retail location, this one device can generate up to $100,000 a day in cash flow. Its loss will impact customers while the retailer scrambles to remediate the threat, a process that can often take up to two days.

To survive in today’s cutthroat retail environment, businesses must have a way to ensure their operations can continue uninterrupted, while also keeping payment card data private and safe.

They need enSilo.


enSilo’s real-time data protection platform ensures that PoS systems can remain operations, even if they’re compromised by advanced malware.

enSilo’s ability to prevent the consequences of a successful system compromise provides that element of “frictionless security”. enSilo accurately blocks any malicious outbound communications or file tampering from the PoS system.

This laser-like precision gives retailers the breathing room they need to maintain their operations while also remediating threats and allowing business to continue as usual.

What you need is control of those systems in a way that is manageable but without hampering business. enSilo does this by controlling communication by applications. On a PoS system only certain applications should be able to communicate off the endpoint and not to the network or internet at large. This has been done before by whitelisting what applications can be run on a PoS but this can become a nightmare with new software versions and other required updates to keep that PoS running at peak speed. Instead, enSilo lets those applications run as needed but they cannot move data or connect so that your PoS is safe from thieves.

enSilo benefits for retailers

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Real-Time Prevention of
Attack Consequences

enSilo shuts down malicious outbound communications from the PoS system, keeping payment card data private and secure.

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Communication Control

Only authorized applications are allowed to communicate outbound.

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Active Threat Information

enSilo gives retailers visibility into the attacks targeting their PoS systems, enabling them to accurately block a violation. With enSilo, there are no false alarms, no wasted time or effort, just a single alert per live threat.

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Frictionless Security

enSilo allows retailers to continue operating even when infected with advanced malware.

Supported PoS Systems:

  • Windows XP SP2/SP3, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10
  • Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2008 R2, 2012 and 2012 R2
  • OS X Versions: Maverick (10.9), Yosemite (10.10) and El Capitan (10.11), Sierra (10.12)
  • VDI Environments: VMware Horizons 6 and Citrix XenDesktop 7

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