In May, one of the leading hospitality chains claimed on hotel cyberattack: “unauthorized party” got access to the personal information of 150 million customers. Unfortunately, breaches like these are a feature of life in the online age, and cases are on the rise.
Cyber crime costs will grow to $6 trillion by 2021
Business becomes a cyber crime victim every 40 seconds
There are more than 170 million malware incidents per year
Earlier, hotel management reported they received a notification from an internal security tool specifying that an attempt had been made by someone to connect the hotel guest reservation database. After involving outside cybersecurity – SecureStay, we were able to determine that the first hacker attack took place two years ago. The unauthorized party had copied and encrypted guests’ information, including passwords, email addresses, departure/arrival date, and passport information.
Unfortunately, this particular breach was only detected after the fact.
Typical time-to-detect a data breach is over 8.5 months
The hotel chain in question has since engaged our services, which gives them the peace of mind of full data protection. Not a moment too soon; since we detected and successfully deflected a large-scale credit card hack, not long after our engagement.