Marriott CEO to testify before U.S. Senate panel on cybersecurity

The hearing will take place before Senators Tom Carper (D-Delaware) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) of the Homeland Security & Government Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. Photo credit: Getty Images/lucky-photographer
Arne Sorenson.
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Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson has been called to testify at a March 7 Senate hearing regarding data breaches in the private sector.

The hearing will be Sorenson’s first testimony following the hotel company’s November 2018 revelation that Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide had been compromised by hackers. Currently, Marriott estimates as many as 383 million guests may be impacted by the breach, with personal information including names, mailing addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, passport and payment card information having been compromised.

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The subcommittee will also be host to Equifax CEO Mark Begor. Equifax was targeted by hackers as well, and announced a breach in 2017.

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The hearing will be led by Senators Tom Carper (D-Delaware) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) of the Homeland Security & Government Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, and will include a panel of representatives from multiple government agencies and nonprofits.