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Gambling With Customer Information
The gaming and gambling industries are a huge source of income worldwide, with millions of customers in every country. Since time immemorial this revenue has made it a target for organized crime and general lawlessness, but as the modern world changes so have the threats to their operations. In what is quickly becoming the most visible example of this, as of yesterday the Irish betting house Paddy Power has been forced to disclose that a data breach occurred in 2004 involving over half a million customers and their sensitive information. Notorious for taking bets on almost anything (from Hollywood award shows to sporting matches) and having international reach, questions have begun to fly regarding the 10 year delay between the incident and disclosure to the public.
Here in Louisville, we’ll obviously be watching to see how this incident plays out owing to our city’s long and storied history with gaming. As the home of Churchill Downs and some of the most famous events in the world, many companies involved in the industry have operations present in our area to take advantage of that proximity. Some of the same concerns about safeguarding information could one day also be leveled at our hometown businesses, and it helps to be prepared for that possibility. While no issues have ever been reported here and significant steps have been taken to reinforce the security of the centers here, it pays to keep an eye on new developments and vulnerabilities.
For over 30 years The Data Vault has been providing high quality information management services to all the industries present in Louisville, making security a priority no matter how technology has changed over time. Whether it’s ensuring the physical security of magnetic tapes en route to our secure vault, or maintaining the virtual security of data within our cloud solution, we’ve got your back in keeping your company safe from the ever present risk of data breaches.