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How To Protect Your Casino From Losing  Everything To A Cybercrime

In some industries, being prepared for cybercrime is a matter of understanding the value of the data you deal with. Client data, employee payroll information and other digital assets have real value to cybercriminals that can be overlooked.

This isn’t the case when it comes to casinos and the high-end sector of the hospitality industry. They are obviously high-value businesses with high-value assets – heist movies have taught us as much.

That’s why casinos have such considerable security resources in place to protect them against cheaters and thieves. But that’s just the physical side of security – what about the digital side?

Are you aware of how common cybercrime has become for casinos?

The Recent History Of Casino-Based Cybercrime

Over the course of the past five years, major cyber-heists have been pulled off against a major hospitality industry brand – the Hard Rock Cafe:

  • In 2015, cybercriminals stole a range of financial data from this popular hospitality institution, including cardholder names, credit card numbers and CCV codes.
  • In 2016, malware was installed on their POS systems, leading to additional theft of credit card information.
  • In 2017, a breach of their Sabre booking system led to further compromise of customer data, affecting the private information of guests at eleven locations.

As you can see, massive enterprises like the Hard Rock Cafe are vulnerable and liable not to learn their lesson the first (or second) time.

What about you?

How Can You Protect Your Casino & Hotel?

Proper cybersecurity is a matter of proactive efforts and careful prevention of identified issues. Take a comprehensive approach to managing your casino and hotel’s cybersecurity by following best practices and making use of proven solutions:

1. Cybersecurity Solutions

  • Integrated anti-malware, data loss prevention (DLP), and simplified data encryption that keeps your systems are secured end-to-end.
  • Centralized data encryption and complete protection of your PCs and removable media makes sure that your vital data is kept safe in a range of formats.
  • Managed antivirus, managed antispam and patch management to make sure you have up-to-date software to protect against malware, hacking and other digital threats
  • Integrated firewalls, antivirus and antimalware solutions, data loss prevention (DLP), and simplified data encryption, you can rest easier knowing your systems are secured end-to-end.

2. Reliable Failsafes
Despite best efforts, even the strongest security measures can be overcome, whether it’s a data breach or an unexpected emergency on your premises. A plan should verify that you have regular backups kept at on- and off-site locations that can be relied upon in the case of any disaster.

3. Strategize Cybersecurity
It’s essential that you determine exactly what data or security breach regulations could affect you. You need to know how to respond to data loss. All employees should be educated on how to report any loss or theft of data, and who to report to.

Data loss can expose you to costly state and federal regulations and litigation. You must be able to launch a rapid and coordinated response to a data breach to protect your reputation.

Determine how your data is handled and protected. Also, define who has access to your data and under what circumstances. Create a list of the employees, and third parties who have access to specific data, under what circumstances, and how those access privileges will be managed and tracked. You must know precisely what data you have, where it’s kept, and who has the rights to access it.

4. Roll Out A Security Policy
Every casino should set a security policy, review it regularly for gaps, publish it, and make sure employees follow it. It should include such things as:

  • Not opening attachments or clicking on links from an unknown source.
  • Not using USB drives on office computers.
  • A Password Management Policy (no reusing passwords, no Post-it Notes on screens as password reminders, etc.).
  • Required security training for all employees.
  • A review of policies on Wi-Fi access. Include contractors and partners as part of this if they need wireless access when onsite.

This may seem like a lot to handle on your own, and you’re right – it is. But you don’t have to take care of it by yourself. BlueHat Cyber will help you implement robust security measures, deploying security devices like firewalls, patching, antivirus software updates, intrusion and gateway protection, to name a few.

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