Hackers head for Vegas: security tips to protect yourself

Black Hat, the IT security conference, takes place at Mandalay Bay Aug. 1-6.

Black Hat, the IT security conference, takes place at Mandalay Bay Aug. 1-6.

MANDALAY BAY – An upcoming tradeshow at the resort has the Company’s data security team on alert, and you should be too.

Black Hat draws data security experts from a variety of fields and disciplines for six days of training, testing and trend studying. It also has been known to draw computer hackers.

“This is an event where security pros and hackers alike learn the latest techniques for breaking into wireless signals, picking electronic locks and the like,” said MGM Resorts Lead Cyber Security Engineer Tracy Strunk. “It’s a huge conference in the security world. The vast majority of the attendees are here for the right reasons, but a few – whether they are doing it just for fun or have actual ill intentions – have been known to try to test their newfound skills.”

Black Hat, which draws around 10,000 attendees, takes place Aug. 1-6. While the conference is being staged for the second consecutive year at Mandalay Bay, attendees are likely to visit every Strip resort. A similar conference, Defcon, takes place Aug. 6-9 at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas. Here are a few data security tips to help protect yourself – and our Company – from potential hackers. READ MORE

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You win-win again: Australian Bee Gees host volunteers to say thanks


Members from ServingHopeLV pose with the cast of the Australian Bee Gees after a performance last week.

EXCALIBUR – How deep is their love for giving back? If it’s the Castle’s Australian Bee Gees, the answer is very deep. The group hosted a charitable group at a recent performance.

The Bee Gees tribute band invited more than 40 volunteers from ServingHopeLV to enjoy the July 25 performance as a thank-you for their service to the community.

ServingHopeLV is a local non-profit organization that gathers each Monday night on the streets of Downtown Las Vegas to serve hundreds of individuals in need by providing hot meals, clothing and community resources. Volunteers with the group work throughout the week gathering food, supplies and resources for each Monday distribution.

“We were so thrilled to get the invite to the show. We always hold a quarterly volunteer appreciation event, and this was a nice surprise for us,” said ServingHopeLV founder Siloh Moses. “Our volunteers are so committed to this cause and work so hard, they deserve this recognition.”  READ MORE

Visitation up, but gaming revenues down in June

LVCVA-Numbers_webLAS VEGAS – A sharp decline in Baccarat business suppressed gaming revenue on The Strip in June.

While the city recorded another month of solid visitor volume increases, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), gaming revenues did not follow suit, dropping more than 16 percent on The Strip, year-over-year. The LVCVA and the Nevada Gaming Control Board released their respective monthly reports of revenue and other key industry metrics this week.

Visitation to the city rose 2.4 percent in June to more than 3.5 million, according to the LVCVA report, marking the third consecutive month of visitor volume increases. Through June, visitation in Las Vegas is pacing 1.5 percent ahead of last year’s record-setting totals. Occupancy on The Strip was flat, year-over-year, as were room rates, according to the LVCVA.

In the Strip’s casinos, slot machine revenues declined 4 percent in June. Table Games revenues declined 27 percent, year-over-year, driven primarily by a 57 percent decline in Baccarat revenues, according to state revenue reports.

Nuggets of wisdom: FSSC’s annual Foundation fundraiser

LAS VEGAS – How many chicken nuggets could you eat for a good cause? For 364 days out of the year, that is just a rhetorical question. Last Friday, it wasn’t.

The Corporate Finance Hospitality Internship Program (HIP) participants took charge of the 880 Grier campus’ annual fundraiser, hosting a series of goofy activities for a gallant purpose: raising nearly $8,000 that will benefit the MGM Resorts Foundation. The event has become an annual tradition, giving the HIP interns a hands-on opportunity to learn how to budget for events, set revenue projections and create timelines for planning.

“This was a great event that our team took very seriously to make sure that it was successful,” said Client Services Intern Julie Cokotis. “Our group was very cohesive with our communication, both in planning and spreading the word throughout the building. We went to every single team update in departments to speak to them about the event and drive interest, and we were very pleased with the final outcome.” READ MORE