Security & Compliance for Point-of-Sale (POS) Systems

Bringing security and compliance to point-of-sale (POS) systems

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McAfee point-of-sale (POS) solutions demonstrate PCI compliance and improve security through a scalable, extensible, and centralized architecture. Achieving greater ROI on legacy systems, reducing patch urgency, and ensuring that investments in modern solutions don’t compromise the integrity of customer data are just three of the distinct advantages of McAfee’s solutions.

In the retail business, certain security issues — such as regulatory penalties, breaches, and unscheduled downtime — can impact customer confidence and the bottom line. Retailers know they need to address these issues, but the security solutions they deploy often include increased labor costs and require system or network upgrades. Retailers need solutions that extend the ROI of their existing IT infrastructures, which can be complex and distributed, typically including stores with POS checkout terminals, self-check units, cash drawers, information and web kiosks, PCs, and back-office servers.

McAfee offers a comprehensive approach to demonstrating PCI compliance and securing retail store POS, back-office, and related purpose-built solutions across various platforms, regardless of whether they’re legacy, end-of-life, or recently purchased systems. McAfee solutions are equally effective in environments in which network bandwidth is constrained, store assets have limited resources, and frequent patching and anti-malware updates are not an option.

Key Benefits

  • Mitigate unwanted and malicious programs
    Prevent the installation and propagation of internal and external threats — as well as unwanted and malicious programs — through change control and dynamic whitelisting.
  • Get alternatives to traditional, signature-based, anti-malware solutions
    Address the concerns that traditional anti-malware solutions can’t meet, with platform extensibility designed for retail environments. McAfee’s solutions are ideal for this industry because they have small system footprints and do not require .DATs, updates, or network access. They can also run on common platforms such as Microsoft Windows XP Embedded (XPE).
  • Reduce patch urgency
    Decrease the need for reactive patching and allow more thorough evaluations. Dynamic whitelisting only permits the installation and operation of approved programs, which reduces the urgency of frequent patches across multiple locations with limited network bandwidth and disparate platforms.
  • Maximize ROI on legacy and end-of-life systems
    Extend the operational life of older systems and applications. This allows retailers — who are especially sensitive to ROI because of thin margins — to maximize their IT investments without compromising security.
  • Demonstrate PCI compliance
    Provide the security controls outlined in PCI requirements to demonstrate compliance to auditors. Through a combination of products, services, and partners, McAfee is uniquely able to address all sections of PCI.


McAfee offers a comprehensive portfolio of security solutions that keep your systems, network, and data protected. For a complete list of our products, please see our Products and Solutions page.

Risk & Compliance

McAfee Integrity Control
McAfee Integrity Control

McAfee Integrity Control combines industry-leading whitelisting and change control technology, ensuring that only trusted applications run on fixed-function devices, such as point-of-service (POS) systems, ATMs, and kiosks.

Security Management

McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO)
McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO)

McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) is a key component of the McAfee Security Management Platform, and the only enterprise-class software, to provide unified management of endpoint, network, and data security. With end-to-end visibility and powerful automations that slash incident response times, McAfee ePO software dramatically strengthens protection and drives down the cost and complexity of managing risk and security.


Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Solutions

Meet PCI DSS requirements. Foundstone’s PCI Security Solutions strengthen data security, ensuring you meet industry requirements.


Solution Briefs

Security Consideration for Retail Systems OEMs

Helping OEMs and retailers address a wide range of security challenges, Intel and McAfee have developed solutions that take advantage of leading-edge hardware and software technologies.

Continuous Compliance Simplified

McAfee Configuration Control combines the advanced capabilities of McAfee Policy Auditor and McAfee Change Control to put you in command of your compliance requirements.

Security & PCI Compliance for Retail Point-of-Sale Systems

This solution brief examines how McAfee POS solutions meet retailers’ unique compliance and operational needs.



Threats and Risks