Marriott International (MAR – Get Report) said Monday that a U.K. agency proposed to fine the hotel operator nearly $124 million (99.2 million pounds) because of a customer-data breach at its Starwood unit.
Whether restaurant, hotel or resort, the hospitality industry is intensely focused on creating a pleasurable experience for guests. Unfortunately, hospitality has become an increasingly attractive industry for cybersecurity threats, according to the 2016 Trustwave Global Security Report. The report notes that the hospitality industry accounted for 14 percent of all breaches, second only to the retail industry. Among the more prominent breaches in the last two years are those at Hyatt (August 2014 – December 2015), Hilton (July – August 2015) and Hard Rock Café (September 2014 – April 2015).