A few weeks ago several hotels and casinos in Las Vegas reported being victims of a cyber-attack that left serious damage to their operations and huge losses. Las Vegas is undoubtedly one of the cities with the highest tourist traffic, with an impressive offer of shows and activities that have caused not only the Casinos, but also its hotels to become worldwide references.
The level of engineering and sophistication with which their companies are developed, anyone would imagine, is one of the highest and that is precisely why the cyber-attack suffered, generated not only surprise but also concern worldwide. According to what was reported, reservation data was lost, phantom charges were made to guests, the rooms that depended on the system were rendered unusable, communications were lost, among other consequences.
This leads us to ask ourselves: Is the tourism sector prepared to face a cyber-attack? How protected are our systems? Are we able to detect these attacks in a timely manner? What do we do once an attack has occurred? Who do we turn to? What can we do to protect ourselves?
The Peruvian scenario has not been free from these questions, our legislation has already for some time raised sanctions of order White-Collar Crime to address computer crimes. For example, anyone who deliberately and illegitimately damages, introduces, erases, deletes, deteriorates, alters, deletes or makes inaccessible computer data is punished with up to 6 years imprisonment. However, the success of an investigation White-Collar Crime will depend to a large extent on the possibility of identifying these hackers, who are experts in hiding the origin of their connections and any other data that could identify them.
What is the answer then? Well, in the face of this growing threat, what we can do is prepare ourselves, strengthen our systems, create new policies, train personnel, have accurate diagnoses and seek to be up-to-date.
Only the preparation for what could present itself as a crisis, is what will allow us to safeguard the data we safeguard, those of the company, those of our employees and customers, and provide tourists with what they expect so much, a pleasant experience without negative surprises.
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