Bridewell Consulting’s very own data privacy consultant, Becky Nicholson provides insight to ISBuzz News on the Marriott International hotel chains second data breach.
Compromised information may involve contact details, including postal and email addresses and phone numbers; information relating to customer loyalty accounts, but not passwords; personal details such as employers, gender and birth dates; partnerships and affiliations, such as details of linked airline loyalty programs; and guest preferences, such as room preferences and languages.
Becky comments: ‘With the sheer volume of data breaches in recent time, we’re at risk of becoming numb to the danger these attacks pose. All organisations, including Marriott International, must take steps to protect their systems and ultimately customer data. This means taking basic steps such as putting in place regular security assessments, a strong patching and password policy, and enforcement of multi-factor authentication on every public facing system. These are not silver bullets but can go a long way to improving security.’