Last Friday, RMH Franchise Holdings revealed that malware had been found on point-of-sale (PoS) systems at the Applebee’s restaurants it operates as a franchise.

According to the data breach notification, the incident affects more than 160 restaurants in several states across the US, including Alabama, Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wyoming.

In most cases, the malware was present on PoS systems between December 6, 2017, and January 2, 2018. In a small number of cases, the malware had been active since November 23 or December 5, 2017.

The malware was designed to collect guests names, credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates and card verification codes processed during the limited time periods.

Upon discovering the incident on February 13, RMH took steps to ensure it has been contained and worked with third-party security experts to assist in their investigation. “Moving forward, RMH is continuing to closely monitor its systems and review its security measures to help prevent something like this from happening again,” RMH said.

Point of Sale systems have always presented a lucrative opportunity for fraudsters, but these systems are too sensitive to let go unarmed without proper defense measures in place. Most importantly, organizations dealing with payment transactions must adhere to the PCI DSS compliance standard. NNT makes achieving, proving and remaining compliant simple. Interested in learning just how NNT can help you achieve PCI DSS V3.2 compliance? See below for more details


Learn how NNT Addresses PCI V3.2 Compliance Requirements

Requirement 1 & 2: Build and Maintain a Secure Network & Systems

PCI DSS 3.2 Requirement NNT Solution

Requirement 1: 
1.1, 1.2, 1.3

Install and maintain a firewall configuration to protect cardholder data

Use NNT Change Tracker to apply a configuration baseline – NNT provide CIS Benchmark Checklists to ensure the most secure and effective configuration settings are used for firewalls.

Apply File Integrity Monitoring to firewall rules and other security configuration settings for tight change management, plus collect logs from firewalls to detect security incidents in advance of any breach

Requirement 2:
2.1, 2.2, 2.3

Do not use vendor-supplied defaults for system passwords and other security parameters

Prebuilt device hardening templates derived from CIS Benchmarks are used to audit for any vulnerabilities present: database systems, servers, and network devices are then continuously monitored for any drift from the desired, hardened state

Note: CIS Benchmarks are the primary recommended source of hardening checklists and NNT Change Tracker is one of only a select few CIS Certified Vendors see

Requirment 3 & 4: Protect Cardholder Data

PCI DSS 3.2 Requirement NNT Solution

Requirement 3: 
3.5, 3.6

Protect stored cardholder data

File Integrity Monitoring technology ensures access to Cryptographic Keys is restricted, and any attempted unauthorized access is logged and alerted, including changes of accounts, privileges, and permissions

Requirement 4: 

Encrypt transmission of cardholder data across open, public networks

Use Device Vulnerability Reports to pre-audit for the use of non-encrypted console access methods being enabled, thereafter monitor for any configuration change affecting the devices' hardened state

Requirement 5 & 6: Maintain a Vulnerability Management Program

PCI DSS 3.2 Requirement NNT Solution

Requirement 5:

Use and regularly update anti-virus software or programs

NNT Change Tracker will check that AV services are activated and running, Log Tracker will alert on all significant AV events

Requirement 6: 
6.1, 6.4

Develop and maintain secure systems and applications

Change Tracker will maintain host and application security settings, even for bespoke applications, and record all software and patch updates. Log Tracker will provide a complete audit trail of application and host access attempts.

Requirement 7 & 8: Implement Strong Access Control Measures

PCI DSS 3.2 Requirement NNT Solution

Requirement 7: 
7.1, 7.2

Restrict access to cardholder data by business need to know

At all times, NNT Log Tracker will provide a 'checks and balances' audit trail of all account and privilege changes

Requirement 8:
8.1, 8.2, 8.5,

Assign a unique ID to each person with computer access

Initial hardening audit will verify correct password and authentication policies are in use, with all subsequent account and privilege changes audited

Requirement 10 & 11: Regularly Monitor and Test Networks

PCI DSS 3.2 Requirement NNT Solution

Requirement 10: 10.1, 10.2, 10.3, 10.5, 10.6, 10.7

Track and monitor all access to network resources and cardholder data

Audit trails are constructed automatically using predefined Log Tracker templates for PCI DSS V3.1, including default alerts for security threats

Requirement 11: 11.1, 11.4, 11.5

Regularly test security systems and processes

File Integrity Monitoring across all platforms and devices is an essential defense against malware and any 'inside man' threat to card and customer data - built-in templates for PCI DSS V3.1 are provided and can be customised, leveraging CIS Benchmark checklists to highlight system vulnerabilities. NNT Change Tracker shows 'who made the change' with continuous and real-time detection of any changes

Requirement 12: Maintain an Information Security Policy

PCI DSS 3.2 Requirement NNT Solution

Requirement 12: 12.2, 12.3, 12.5, 12.9

Maintain a policy that addresses information security for all personel

Security Management procedures can be automated and audited using built-in intelligent alerting and reporting


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