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Hotel Industry Hard Hit by Hackers

DATA THEFT

August 10, 2010

Data theft continues to be prevalent in the hotel industry, with breaches occurring on a weekly basis, SC Magazine reports. The wealth of consumer financial data hotels hold, combined with a lack of basic security precautions, makes them a keen target of data thieves, according to one expert. The industry-wide lack of compliance with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) adds to hotels' vulnerabilities, others say. Navigate LLC founder Chris Zoladz, CIPP, told the Daily Dashboard that non-hospitality breaches are also numerous and that while every company must assess its own security and privacy risks, "certainly being PCI compliant will help minimize the risks of unauthorized disclosure or theft of card data." A former privacy executive in the hotel industry, Zoladz added, "Every company is under challenging financial constraints; however, doing nothing to address these risks will come at a high cost when the risks materialize."
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