The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) will host a conference designed to help protect trade show and convention attendees from credit card information theft.
The announcement of the March 5 customer data theft prevention summit comes on the heels of reports that as many as 300 people attending events at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) late last year reported hackers accessing their credit card information. Officials with the Briar Group say customers at restaurants it owns, including some at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, connected to the BCEC, may have been victimized.
Consequently, the MCCA will hold the one-day session to help local businesses that want information about how to keep customer information secure.
Andrew Donofrio, director of cyber security and digital forensics with MSA Investigations, will give a keynote followed by two moderated panel discussions dealing with security and compliance.
The free event, open to anybody interested but targeted at hotels, restaurants and retail outlets near the authority’s venues, will include participants from the state Attorney General’s Office, the Boston Police Department, the U.S. Secret Service and experts from the payment card industry.
“This isn’t a problem unique to Boston,” says MCCA Executive Director James E. Rooney, “but we know firsthand the trials of dealing with a data security breach and the many unknowns businesses face in protecting and warning customers.”
The MCCA owns and operates both the BCEC and the John B. Hynes Memorial Convention Center.