Gaming Industry Seek Tougher Federal Cybersecurity Policies

August 18, 2015

Chris Sieroty

It has been more than a year since hackers targeted Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Corporation.

U.S. intelligence officials say the Iranian government was behind the damaging cyberattack on one of the largest Las Vegas-based casino companies.

Hackers allegedly stole customer data, credit card and social security numbers as well as driver’s licenses.

So, what is the gaming industry doing to protect your data? And, what policies do casino bosses want to see Congress approve?

Geoff Freeman is president and CEO of the American Gaming Association. Freeman and the gaming industry trade group he runs is lobbying Congress for tougher cybersecurity legislation.

"I think the most important thing we need to see is greater information sharing between the government and the private sector," Freeman told KNPR's State of Nevada.

He said the government often has more information than the private sector does and sharing that information is vital.

Freeman supports the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015, which would encourage a greater flow of information.

"There's a lot of information stored in different aspects of the government that doesn't really flow as fluidly as it should," he said, "This legislation will help to change that."

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