[Re: Half a billion customers' personal information stolen in data breach] Yet another data hack, this time hotel chain Marriott International, is further evidence of an immediate need for UK companies to strengthen their cyber capabilities. The lack of transparency around which of the 500m customers have had payment card data stolen, and the fact that Marriott has been hacked twice before in 2015 and 2016 yet has only now discovered this attack, is a real cause for concern.
November already saw a cyber data breach at another major public company in Vision Direct. The unfortunate lesson here is that companies are still not doing the basics. The Open Web Application Security Project (an independent informationprovider on computing standards) Top 10 list of security risks has been largely unchanged for a decade, yet companies are not addressing these basic issues that would help to prevent these large-scale breaches. That Marriott has had yet another breach is a troubling indicator that companies are still not prioritising security issues at the board level.
Tom Kranz, director of cyber labs, 6point6
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