Saturday, May 14, 2011

Casinos are Tempting Target for Computer Crime

A Las Vegas casino fended off 860,000 attempts to hack into the computer system in a single month according to the former head of security at the Venetian.

David Shepherd, CEO and chief preparedness officer of Las Vegas-based Readiness Resource Group, spoke on computer security threats facing casinos to 200 security officers attending the International Tourism Safety Conference at the Golden Nugget.
Las Vegas resorts are an obvious target for external and internal cyber threats due to the personal information and financial records of guests enrolled in loyalty programs, .
Shepard argued that a key responsibility for tourism companies is to make sure they do not become a part of the terrorism financing chain, “It takes money to finance something as big as 9/11."

“The most important thing you can do is ask the questions,” Shepherd said. “The two most important words are ‘what if.’ You don’t want to be asking ‘what if’ after the fact.”
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(a) Security expert says casino databases tempting target for cyberterrorism - VegasInc, May 12, 2011

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