Hotel Cybersecurity: Closing the Doors Before the Horses Leave the Barn
May 11, 2016 8:21am
By Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®
Author of www.HotelLawBlog.com
11 May 2016
One of the great breakout sessions at our recent Meet the Money® hotel conference in Los Angeles was organized by my partner Bob Braun and moderated by Jeff Higley of HotelNewsNow. I was particularly impressed by the panel’s evidence of how costly cybersecurity breaches can be, how much can be done to prevent or limit exposure, and how reasonable the cost can be for a pro-active approach.
Here is Bob Braun’s summary of this panel last week in Los Angeles. This is a compelling call for an ounce of prevention. . .
5 Cybersecurity takeaways from Meet the Money®
Bob Braun, Hotel Lawyer and Data Security Advisor
Meet the Money® changes with the times, and the 2016 conference showcased the first panel on Cybersecurity in the hospitality industry – “Who’s Knocking at Your Digital Door,” featuring Bob Braun, from JMBM’s Global Hospitality Group and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Cybersecurity and Privacy Group; Bob Justus, of Optiv Security; Brad Maryman, from Maryman & Associates; Christian Ryan, from MARSH; and Kevin Shamoun, from Zeamster. Jeff Higley, of STR/HotelNewsNow.com moderated the panel.
The panelists, representing technical, legal law, law enforcement, insurance and payment systems, identified key cybersecurity challenges for the hospitality industry. Five key takeaways were:
The last point might be the most important – hotels should look at themselves as leaders in the fight for cybersecurity. Hotels every day take responsibility for the security and safety of their guests. Guests will only feel secure if they believe all of their property, including their digital, property, is protected. Hotels can transform themselves from being the most likely source of data theft to becoming the model for data security.
Other information about cybersecurity issues
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What the Target data security breaches mean for hoteliers
Cyber Security Alert: How to protect your proprietary information from employees
Hotel Lawyer Privacy Alert: Do your hotel mobile apps comply with new interpretations of online privacy rules?
Hotel Liability for Guest Information — What you need to know and how to avoid liability.
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Bob Braun is a Senior Member of JMBM’s Global Hospitality Group® and is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Cybersecurity & Privacy Group. Bob has more than 20 years experience in representing hotel owners and developers in their contracts, relationships and disputes with hotel managers, licensors, franchisors and brands, and has negotiated hundreds of hotel management and franchise agreements. His practice includes experience with virtually every significant hotel brand and manager.
Bob also advises clients on condo hotel securities issues and many transactional matters, including entity formation, financing, and joint ventures, and works with companies on their data technology, privacy and security matters. These include software licensing, cloud computing, e-commerce, data processing and outsourcing agreements for the hospitality industry.
In addition, Bob is a frequent lecturer as an expert in technology, privacy and data security issues, and is one of only two attorneys in the 2015 listing of SuperLawyers to be recognized for expertise in Information Technology. Bob is on the Advisory Board of the Information Systems Security Association, Los Angeles chapter, and a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Contact Bob Braun at 310.785.5331 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Jim Butler is a founding partner of JMBM, and the founder and chairman of JMBM’s Global Hospitality Group® and Chinese Investment Group™. He is recognized as one of the top hotel lawyers in the world and has authored or co-authored The HMA & Franchise Agreement Handbook, How to Buy a Hotel Handbook, and The Lenders Handbook. Jim has led the Global Hospitality Group® in more than $71 billion of hotel transactional experience, involving more than 3,800 hotel properties located around the globe.
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