NPR report highlights merchant failures on data breaches

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Merchant data security breaches–their effects on consumers and the reactions of retailers–were highlighted on a recent segment of NPR ‘s “All Things Considered.”Reporter Aarti Shahani followed a security expert who was able to point out how easily a hacker could infiltrate a retailer’s point-of-sale network. EMC’s Davi Ottenheimer noted a card reader–similar to ones he had at home–connected to a tablet left unattended in a high-end retail store. At another large retailer, no one noticed that he was paying more attention to a computer plugged into the network than to the merchandise.“A lot of times, a lazy approach to security is just to make information difficult to get,” Symantec security expert Orla Cox told NPR . “Just because you’re not talking about it isn’t actually making you any more protected.”The incentives are small for retailers to take on more responsibility. They want to keep information technology budgets down, and they don’t have to pay, even if they are at fault. Financial institutions pick up the bill, Shahani said.The Credit Union National Association, NPR noted, “is asking lawmakers to intervene, so that retailers are held to stricter security and disclosure rules.” continue reading »last_img read more

Casinos open doors again

first_imgSoutheastern, IN—Indiana casinos reopen today with new guidelines and restrictions in place. These include sanitation stations and masks for staff and table players must be available. Slot machines will be spaced to allow for social distancing, and there will be temperature checks.The Indiana Gaming Association says they won’t put a limit on the time you can play, but they will limit numbers coming in the doors. They are only allowed to open at 50 percent capacity. Below is the information each Southeastern Indiana casino lists as protocols to keep players safe.Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg-Opens at 9 am on Monday• The number of slot machines and seats at table games available will be limited.• Live music, entertainment, convention, and banquet services will remain suspended.• Restaurant offerings will be limited and The Eatery will be open for service with a limited menu. Hollywood on the Roof will be open for bar service only.• Epic Buffet, Final Cut Steakhouse, Hops House 99, and Hollywood and Grind will remain closed.• Valet, VIP lounge, Poker Room & Sportsbook will remain closed until further notice. However, our self bet sports wagering kiosks will be available to sports wagering.• Will announce the beginning of hotel bookings in the coming weeks.Rising Star Casino-Opened at 6 am on MondayFerry will open on June 17• Guest health screenings will be conducted before entering the casino. This includes temperature checks & health questions.• All guests are encouraged to wear facial coverings. Facial coverings will be available for patrons.• Facial coverings are required at table games & recommended for all guests.• Hand sanitizer will be available & complimentary for all guests.• All guests & team members are asked to follow social distancing practices by standing at least six feet away from any person who is not in their group. Floor graphics will be marked where lines tend to form.• Guest areas are cleaned & disinfected multiple times daily with EPA-approved products. This includes: slot machines, chairs, table games, restaurants, kitchens, restrooms, doors, handrails, counters, ATMs, kiosks, hotel rooms & Team Member areas.• HVAC systems have been upgraded with hospital-grade filters.• Slots, table games & restaurant seating is configured to limit seating & encourage social distancing recommendations.• COVID-19 training, health screenings & masks are provided to all Team Members.• Team Members have been given instructions to notify Security immediately to report anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 on property.• Team Members are instructed to stay home if they do not feel well.• If we are alerted to a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the property, we will work with the local health agency to follow the appropriate actions recommended by that agency.Gaming• The number of players at each table game is limited.• The maximum number of players allowed per table will be posted at each location.• Facial coverings are required at table games & recommended for all guests.• Guests congregating behind players will not be allowed.• Some slot machines will be deactivated in order to adhere to social guidelines.• All table games, chairs, fixtures, game pieces & slot machines will be cleaned & disinfected on a regular basis.Hotel• Frequent cleaning & disinfecting of counter spaces, keys, wheelchairs, scooters, luggage carts, elevators & vending machines.• Deep cleaning & disinfecting of guest rooms is performed after check out.Restaurants• Restaurant seating has been reduced to allow for social distancing.• Tables & chairs will be cleaned & disinfected regularly.• All touch point surfaces will be disinfected on a regular basis.Sports Book• Seating will be arranged in the Sports Book to adhere to social distancing, with limited betting stations.• There will be frequent cleaning & disinfecting of counters, chairs & stations.Elevators• Elevator occupancy is limited to a maximum of three people.Belterra CasinoOpens at 11 am on Monday• Guest health screenings are being conducted on arrival. All guests are encouraged to wear facial coverings.• Hand sanitizer is available and complimentary for all guests.• Guest spaces are cleaned and disinfected multiple times daily with EPA-approved products. This includes: slot machines, chairs, table games, restaurants, kitchens, restrooms, doors, handrails, counters, ATMs, kiosks, and Team Member areas.• The frequency of air filter replacement and HVAC system cleaning has been increased.• Slots, table games, and restaurant & bar seating is configured and limited to adhere to social distancing recommendations.• Guest occupancy limits are followed in retail shops and banquet & meeting spaces.• COVID-19 training, health screenings, and masks are provided to all Team Members.last_img read more