WannaCry Ransomware Just Happened.

Is your POS Software leaving you Vulnerable?

Technology is exciting and has opened up a whole new world of possibilities right at our fingertips. The hospitality industry is no stranger to this, we now have so many options to replace the old POS terminal. Today we are faced with a fast-paced life of faster and better providing us with options like: tablets, mobile phones, cloud based options, integrated payment options and the list goes on.

 

While the hardware options are endless, what is often forgotten is the software we run our businesses on - with new technology comes new software.  Rewriting an entire software programme in a new language can literally take years and cost millions.  What most of us do not know, is how crucial this element actually is, this has again come to light last week with the whole world gripped in fear with the “WannaCry” Ransomware threat.

 

At FalconSoft we saw the problem coming and put in the effort, time and money to rewrite our software so that we are able to protect our clients and keep up with the constant change of technology.

 

What does this mean to our clients?

Just as we would not necessarily understand a chef explaining a 5 -course recipe to us so our clients don’t always understand the tech jargon given to them with regards to hardware and software specifications. We’ve put together a short summary to help you better understand the tech jargon, what it means and how to not be fooled by it.

 

Terms to watch out for, possibly putting you at Risk:

Microsoft Windows XP Operating System

This is an old operating system and support is no longer available from Microsoft putting you at risk.

Read more about this: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/14223/windows-xp-end-of-support

Microsoft Windows 7, 8 etc

“A day after a ransomware worm infected 75,000 machines in 100 countries, Microsoft is taking the highly unusual step of issuing patches that immunize Windows XP, 8, and Server 2003, operating systems the company stopped supporting as many as three years ago.”

Read more about this:

https://arstechnica.com/security/2017/05/wcry-is-so-mean-microsoft-issues-patch-for-3-unsupported-windows-versions/

Windows Foundation Server Software

This is not new technology at all and has been replaced by Microsoft Server 2016.

RAID1 Dual-drive hardware for Backup Purposes

Never rely on Raid as your only backup system! The problem with using this system is that it DOES NOT help you with protecting files in terms of corruption of applications, operating systems or viruses! If your disk becomes corrupted for whatever reason the corruption will affect both mirrored copies. RAID protects you from hard drive failures, not data corruption. Only regular backups can safe guard you should data become corrupt.

What FalconSoft Uses:

Microsoft Windows 10 Technology and Security

Our software is fully developed for Microsoft Windows 10.

“Designed to be the most secure Windows yet. Addressing today’s threats requires a new approach, one that engineers the attack vectors out of the platform itself and quickly detects and responds to the ones that remain.”

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsforbusiness/windows-security

Microsoft SQL Server 2016 SP1 for database services

SQL SERVER 2016 Features & Benefits, Industry Leader in Mission Critical Capabilities:

  • Scale up to 12TB of memory and 640 logical processors with Windows Server 2016.
  • Reach up to 30 x faster transactions and 100 x faster queries with enhanced in-memory performance.
  • Run real-time Operational Analytics over transactional data.

Security & Performance:

The multi-layered approach to security has a proven track record of producing the least vulnerable database, even while being the most widely-used database on the planet.

  • Rely on a database with the least vulnerabilities of any major platform—six years in a row.
  • Protect data at rest and in motion with TDE and new Always Encrypted.

Solid State Drives (SSD)

Falcon uses SSD hard drives in servers and POS terminals, which has a far lower failure rate than traditional hard drives. POS Data gets backed-up to the Server, POS terminals as well as the cloud.

Visual Studio 2015 (soon to upgrade to VS2017)

Falcon uses an Integrated development environment. Microsoft Visual Studio is an integrated development environment (IDE) from Microsoft. It is used to develop computer programs for Microsoft Windows, as well as web sites, web apps, web services and mobile apps.

If you feel your current POS Software might be leaving your vulnerable, feel free to contact us – we’ve got you covered!

 

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