The pace of data growth continues to increase across all industries. IDC projects a Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of data created at over 23% through 2025. For data that ends up being stored, they project a CAGR of over 19%. Perhaps the only thing in the Gaming and Leisure industries growing faster than data is, unfortunately, cyberattacks. This growth of data and the increased value of data – to both businesses and criminals – have created the mandate for effective Data Protection. Darktrace CEO Nicole Eagan revealed that a 2017 data theft of a casino’s player data was orchestrated via a fish tank thermostat that was connected to the internet. When our industry’s new “Oceans 11” heist is data sucked out of our networks via fish tanks, we realize our data protection task is extremely difficult. It would take all of the pages of this quarter’s magazine to list the breaches over the past two years in the casino and hospitality industries. We do not lack for scary stories; we understand our call to action.