Security Alarm Sounded Over Casinos
By staff
Security expert Michael Leach, speaking at the Gaming Technology Summit in Nevada this week, claimed “The potential for a cyber 9/11 is high,” as Casinos have retained older back-office technology systems that are increasingly vulnerable to security gaps as newer front-end software systems are added to their floors.

The director of Computer Sciences Corp., a California-based supplier of information security systems, claimed security and privacy standards for customers also are generally absent from gaming regulations nationwide, and the pervasiveness of the Internet in business transactions and the explosion of computerized technology for even the smallest tasks means the casino industry should expect regulators to take a closer look at cyber-security measures.

“New technology carries new risk unless companies devise security measures to monitor those systems. That's because hackers can now destroy what once required manual manipulation, such as locking all of the secure doors in a casino.” Leach pointed to businesses who are moving toward the use of ‘smart cards’ and in some cases biometrics.

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