Time to Get “Battle Ready”

PCI Compliance Boot Camp Comes to HITEC 2011

In the U.S. military, the concept of “boot camp” brings to mind very physical and vigorous training that transforms the average citizen into a fully developed soldier who is combat ready. For the hospitality sector, there is a similar war happening: We have aggressive hackers trying to steal credit card data and we need to be fully trained in how to best serve and protect our guests.

Developing transaction security strategies and maintaining PCI compliance can be very daunting. It is time for the hospitality sector to experience a “boot camp” that will make any hotelier battle-ready. Fortunately, at the upcoming HITEC, there will be a PCI Compliance Boot Camp taking place on Monday, June 12 at 8:30 a.m. It will provide you with background on PCI technologies, best practices, how to pick a QSA, cloud computing and much, much more.

In addition, the Boot Camp will focus on these core areas:

    • What is PCI and why should hoteliers care?;
    • How can hoteliers get card data out of their environments?;
    • The latest tokenization solutions;
    • A primer on point-to-point encryption; and
    • Best practices for minimizing risk.

After the Boot Camp, HFTP will be hosting a PCI Compliance Roundtable Update session that is open to anyone in the industry. Come hear about the HFTP PCI Compliance Roundtable’s recent activity and listen to Bob Russo, general manager, PCI Security Standards Council, discuss important credit card security issues in the hospitality industry.

It is always ideal to come to any boot camp prepared.  As such, if you want to learn more about tokenization, including the difference between card-based and transaction-based tokenization, as well as how to best evaluate a tokenization solution, I recommend you check out this series of blog posts.

Whether or not you have time to do any preparation prior to the boot camp, you will experience an intense training session that will strengthen your transaction security strategies and tactics.  And, as anyone in the hospitality sector knows, safeguarding guest financial data is vital to keeping revenue – and your reputation – in top form.

See you in Austin!

Sue Zloth knows the lodging industry inside and out and when it comes to the challenges hotels are facing in today’s environment, she sits on the front lines educating decision makers on how to integrate security into payment processing systems.

She brings over 25 years of hospitality and payment industry experience to her role as Product Group Manager at Merchant Link, where she is responsible for bringing new products into implementation. Sue is a member of the HFTP PCI Compliance Roundtable and has been recognized by the Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG) for her leadership in creating a working group tasked with creating security standards for this industry.

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