Retailers are scrambling for a way to address the latest security threat — the Bluetooth-enabled payment card skimmer. Credit card skimmers are already wreaking havoc, appearing in POS stations in some of the world’s largest and most prestigious retailers. With Bluetooth, thieves no longer need to physically access the skimmer to collect the valuable payload. They can simply download the sensitive payment card information over a Bluetooth wireless connection to a laptop or handheld computer up to 300 feet away from the POS . Since you could only monitor for rogue Wi-Fi enabled devices, the new Bluetooth skimmers flew under your radar, making it nearly impossible to capture this new generation of ‘skimsters’ — until now. Introducing Bluetooth Monitoring, the world’s only solution for detecting and locating suspicious Bluetooth devices in the enterprise environment.
With Bluetooth Monitoring, you can now monitor both the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth spectrum, with the ability to instantly spot rogue devices, regardless of whether they are utilizing a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection.
There may be all types of Bluetooth-enabled devices operating within the boundaries of your store and your network, from devices that are in the hands of your own employees, in the hands of workers in neighboring businesses as well as your customers. Bluetooth Monitoring gives you the power to recognize them all and assign rules that ensure the accurate identification of rogue Bluetooth-enabled devices, while minimizing false alarms. Simply import the MA C addresses of all the authorized Bluetooth-enabled devices your workers carry to identify the sanctioned devices that can operate freely in your network. Since you can capture and store the MA C address of every Bluetooth-enabled device in range of your network, you can easily identify the Bluetooth-enabled devices utilized by workers in neighboring businesses and assign timeframes when these devices can be present without triggering an alarm. Since nearly every customer who enters your store will likely be carrying a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, you can define the hours that these unsanctioned devices can be present and for how long. Unsanctioned and neighboring devices that appear in your network outside of these specified times can be flagged as threats, triggering an automatic alarm.
Until today, staff needed to physically visit the POS stations to check for skimmers — a very time consuming and costly effort that may mean a skimmer remains in place for days, weeks or months before it is detected, potentially compromising the sensitive payment card data of thousands of customers. With Bluetooth Monitoring, your IT personnel will receive an automatic alarm when an unsanctioned Bluetoothenabled device is in operation. The need to allocate staff to physically check all POS stations on a regular basis is effectively eliminated.
The Bluetooth Monitoring service can be easily and inexpensively integrated into your existing Zebra WLAN thanks to our modular AP8x32 access point family. Simply plug the required hardware sensor into one of the USB ports on the AP8x32, eliminating the need to purchase and manage a separate overlay infrastructure. The result? You gain the powerful new ability to monitor Bluetooth devices to combat Bluetooth skimming and better protect your customers’ sensitive payment card data, without increasing your operational costs.
You can get this easy-to-deploy solution up and running in as little as a day. To enable Bluetooth Monitoring, simply snap the off-the-shelf IOG ear GBU 321 Bluetooth sensor into one of the two USB ports on the Zebra AP 8132 modular 802.11n access point and install the AirDefense services platform that supports Bluetooth Monitoring.
In addition to helping combat the latest credit card skimming scheme, Bluetooth Monitoring can also help you improve the performance of your WLAN by enabling you to immediately identify and remove Bluetooth devices that are creating noise and interference — protecting network performance, the user experience and user productivity.
Since Bluetooth Monitoring is a module in the industryleading AirDefense WLAN security suite, Bluetooth monitoring information is integrated into your existing AirDefense management portal. Not only is the user interface highly intuitive and easy-to-use, it is familiar, virtually eliminating any learning curve and minimizing the need for training.
Bluetooth Monitoring will play a crucial role in protecting your customers’ payment card information. With AirDefense Services Platform Software Support, you’ll get online access to critical software updates and the 24x7x365 around-the-clock access to technical support engineers that you need to quickly resolve issues and keep your Bluetooth Monitoring solution up and running at peak performance.