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MCCA Hosting Summit on Cyber Security and Data Protection

HIL ANDERSON, SENIOR EDITOR

Boston, MA – A summit on data protection and cyber-security for the trade show industry will be presented in Boston on March 5 by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA). The summit is the latest event the MCCA has a hand in launching under a new strategy to create new trade shows and other events to boost convention center revenues.

The threat posed by identity thieves and hackers to trade shows surfaced last year when nearly 300 attendees at a Boston convention found out their credit card information had been breached at bars and restaurants in the city.

“This problem isn’t unique to Boston, but we know firsthand the trials of dealing with a data security breach and the many unknowns that businesses face in both warning and protecting customers,” said James Rooney, MCCA executive director. “If we take personal data from our customers, we have an obligation to protect that data.”

The Customer Data Theft Prevention Summit at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center will include representatives from the U.S. Secret Service, Boston Police Department and other law-enforcement agencies.

There will be two panel discussions following a keynote presentation by Andrew Donofrio, director of cyber-security and digital forensics at MSA Investigations. Topics of discussion will include an update on the headline-making data breaches at major U.S. retailers during the holiday shopping season, and ways that businesses can better protect customer information.

Reach James Rooney at (617) 954-2470 or jrooney@massconvention.com