Industry Update
External Article21 January 2019

Ask when—not if—a security breach will happen at your hotel

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Hotel Business

The recent cyber attack at Marriott International Inc. has many hoteliers wondering: What are the legal and business risks associated with security attacks?

"The recent breach at Marriott further proves the point that businesses should prepare now or be willing to pay for it later," said Greg Sparrow, SVP and GM at CompliancePoint, a Duluth, GA-based data privacy and cybersecurity consultancy. "They have an opportunity to learn from Marriott's mistakes and implement appropriate security controls to help mitigate this risk."

In November 2018, the Bethesda, MD-based hotel company revealed there had been unauthorized access to the Starwood guest reservation database, which contained guest information relating to reservations at Starwood properties on or before Sept. 10, 2018.

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