Marriott data breach impacts 500m
My Business reported that, in a statement on its website dated 30 November 2018, US-headquartered Marriott International revealed that its Starwood reservation database had been compromised, with as many as 500 million people worldwide affected. Marriott said that its investigations remain ongoing to determine the exact number of hotel guests who may have been impacted by the breach. However, the anticipated scale of affected customers dwarfs that of the 9.4 million passengers exposed by a data breach that hit airline Cathay Pacific in October. This just reaffirms our position that cybersecurity must sit at the core of Loss Prevention in a retail enterprise. Cybersecurity cannot be left to IT, it requires a specialised focus as retail becomes ever more entwined with digital.