HFTP Hangout -- Home-based Security

Home-based Offices Introduce New Security Considerations

Last week, a HFTP Hangout was held with two security experts from Venza, highlighting security weaknesses for homebound personnel and recommending where to shore up safeguards.

A Series of Must-Read Articles on Cybersecurity Produced by the HFTP Research Centers

Data security remains a pressing concern and top priority for the hospitality industry. The HFTP Research Centers are dedicated to producing findings that can significantly aid hospitality businesses in their efforts to protect their guests’ privacy and personal information against potential cyber threats and attacks. Most recently, a series of…

Cybersecurity Professionals, Education and Certifications

Whether it is an in-house employee or an outsourced vendor, cybersecurity professionals are a must for all organizations. According to a study by Trustwave, there is a skills shortage when it comes to information security professionals and 76 percent of information security professionals note that they are feeling pressure to…

In the Event of a Cyberattack: Public Relations and Responding to the Media

Your organization has experienced a data breach. How do you handle telling your customers? One of the key pieces to a data breach response is the announcement to the public and affected individuals. How a company deals with public relations after a breach determines how successful they will be at…

Securing the Internet of Things (IoT)

With the technological advancements emerging in recent years, it seems like everything is interconnected. Individuals can change the temperature in their house, open curtains, turn on a light, unlock a door or even track the contents of their refrigerator. All of these items are collectively referred to as the Internet…

Outsourcing Cybersecurity and Contracts

For many companies in the hospitality space running smaller operations, having a full-time IT person on staff may not be an option. Other companies may have an IT manager on staff, but outsource the cybersecurity responsibilities to a company that specifically focuses on the increasing dangers pertaining to cyber threats….

Beware of Ransomware

Ransomware is defined by the United States Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a “type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until money is paid” (FBI, 2015). Hotels are a prime target for this type of attack. Legal authorities advise against paying the…

The Challenge for Hotels When It Comes to Securing Their Systems

In hotels, guests are a unique challenge to securing hotel systems. One of the first things a hotel guest does once they reach their hotel room is to check their Internet connection. According to studies conducted by Dr. Agnes DeFranco, CHE, CHAE, CHIA and Dr. Cristian Morosan, CHTP, CHE who are…

Business Continuity Plans: Enhance Cybersecurity in the Hospitality Industry

Written By: Evita Ma With countless cyberattacks occurring in recent years, cybersecurity has become an unseparated concern during daily operation. To protect the business from incident influence, a continuity plan that integrates cybersecurity must be designed and well-implemented for hotels, restaurants and clubs. A business continuity plan life cycle normally…