Hotel chain Marriott announced last week that they lost backup tapes containing
personal information on more than 206,000 customers. The missing tapes hold credit
card data, Social Security numbers, and, in some cases, bank information on customersof Marriott's time-share division, Marriott Vacation Club International.
Marriott's data debacle underscores the danger of internal
threats. The 2005 CSI/FBI Computer Crime and Security Survey reported that "Inside
jobs occur as often as external attacks." Whether the missing tapes were
simply misplaced or stolen for financial gain, Marriott's IT department shouldseriously reevaluate and adjust their data security measures.