Managing Cyber Threats for Resorts and Hotels

When it comes to cyber threats, the hospitality industry is not a friendly place. Hotels and resorts have proven to be a favorite target for cyber criminals who are looking for high transaction volume, large databases and low barriers to entry. Enterprise executives who want to effectively manage risk and comply with data privacy standards must prioritize broad risk management strategies that build a culture of security awareness at every level of the organization.

An Inhospitable Environment

The hospitality industry faces higher risk levels because vast amounts of personal and financial data from customers are processed daily through credit card transactions, online reservations and rewards programs. The financial implications of a single data breach can be significant to any business in the hospitality industry, but the public relations damage can be insurmountable in an environment where reputation is critical.

In an industry where credit card data flows across various companies’ systems and is often stored for weeks or months at a time, simply complying with Payment Card Industry (PCI) standards is not enough for hotels, spas and resorts to keep sensitive data out of the hands of thieves.

Unfortunately, many spa, leisure, hotel and resort operations lag behind other industries when it comes to setting best practices for risk management and complying with industry mandates, such as PCI. Coalfire can help your organization stay ahead of evolving threats and protect your customers, as well as your bottom line.

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