There has been an increase in the number of Application Security Attacks and Attacks via Remote Access (Brute Force Password Attacks). The holidays are an especially attractive time to exploit weaknesses in passwords and unpatched systems.
Application Security is the security (or lack thereof) of the applications running on your network. For retailers these could include POS systems, Mobile device operating systems and back-end office systems.
How to protect against Brute Force Password Attacks: