Passwords, it’s as easy as 123

Are you still using the default password that came with your point of sale (POS) or payment system? Or, using 12345 or password1? If so, you need to change it right away to help protect card holder data. Passwords are one of the easiest ways for criminals to sneak in…

ANOTHER Credit Card Breach — What Now?

The recent data breaches at major retail outlets such as Target, Michaels Stores Inc. and Neiman Marcus brought this type of modern crime to the forefront in the minds of the consumer; and for us in the hospitality community, it really hit home when news surfaced of a breach at…

5 Things the Hospitality Industry Has Taught Me

When I started with HFTP in 2007, I barely understood the need for an association of hospitality finance and technology professionals. I didn’t know much about the industry beyond my personal traveling experiences. But boy has this industry taught me a lot. Today is my last day with HFTP. Unfortunately,…

7 Guidelines for Choosing a PCI Forensic Investigator

This is an excerpt of an article that was originally printed in the April/May issue of the Bottomline. It is part of a PCI Compliance series that is leading up to HITEC 2012. The hospitality industry has been targeted by cyber criminals seeking to steal credit card information for years…

Industry Going Mobile – But Don’t Forget Data Security

How Mobile Technology is Changing the Face of the Hospitality Industry For anyone wondering if consumers are embracing mobile technology in relation to the hospitality industry, one just needs to look at the following stats: 29 percent, and rising, of U.S. mobile subscribers over the age of 18 have booked…

Hospitality Law: Credit Card Data Breach Fines

Restaurant’s Litigation Challenges Card Network Data Breach Fines Cisero’s, a small family restaurant in Park City, Utah, has filed a counterclaim against U.S. Bank and Elavon, Inc., Cisero’s former acquiring bank and payment card processor. They are challenging the lawfulness of Elavon’s demand for indemnification from Cisero’s for fines assessed…

[Part 2] 2011 Year in Review for Hospitality Finance

[Part 1] 2011 Year in Review for Hospitality Technology As we look forward to 2012, we here at HFTP Connect are reflecting on highlights we saw from the previous year to maybe see where we will go in the coming year. This three part series will include the latest happenings…

[Part 1] 2011 Year in Review: Hospitality Technology

As 2011 comes to a close, we here at HFTP Connect will be reflecting on highlights we saw from the year. This year in review will be a three part series that includes the latest happenings in hospitality technology, hospitality finance and with HFTP. The 3 Biggest Hospitality Technology Topics…

Overcoming Barriers in Your Workplace

How a Sermon Had Me Reflecting on HFTP’s Ability to Pull Me Out of a Rut I went to church yesterday and the sermon topic was “The Cloud.” It started making me think about HFTP and all I have learned being a member and participating in this association. For example:…

EHTEC@HOSPACE: Focusing on European Technology Issues

Modern hotel guests often expect the same comforts as home when they travel. And while the world continues to converge and hospitality technology becomes more accessible, there are still regions of the world that face technology challenges different than others. Europe is one hot spot in the industry that has…