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The University of Delaware Hosting the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Compliance
in Hospitality Conference, May 1-2, 2008, Newark, Delaware

March 28, 2008 - The University of Delaware will host the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Compliance in Hospitality Conference, May 1-2, at the Courtyard Newark-University of Delaware hotel.

The conference, presented by UD's Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management (HRIM), in conjunction with the United Compliance Framework (UCF), is the first conference dedicated to PCI compliance within the industry. Participants will have the opportunity to receive updates on all the requirements of PCI compliance.

Bob Russo, general manager for the PCI Security Standards Council, will be the keynote speaker. 

Designed by Cihan Cobanoglu, UD associate professor of hospitality information technology, with help from some of America's leading hospitality experts, the conference will update participating hospitality information technology professionals on the latest regulatory guidance and best practices in all areas of payment card industry compliance. Presenters will include representatives from Visa, Master Card and PCI Security Council, as well as hotels, restaurants and vendors.

“Almost half of hospitality businesses are not fully PCI compliant, due to lack of clear direction,” Cobanoglu said. “The conference will clear up the confusion and give hospitality information technology managers clear direction and focus.”

During his closing keynote address, Dorian Cougias, chief technology officer and co-creator of United Compliance Framework, will discuss some of the processes that hotels, restaurants and clubs must complete to achieve PCI compliance. 

“The United Compliance Framework is a proud sponsor of the University of Delaware's efforts to help the hospitality industry comply with the incredible number of compliance requirements while distilling the practical requirements into focused, actionable compliance controls,” Cougias said.

Conference topics include keeping an establishment PCI compliant, how to avoid expensive data breeches, PCI-Data Security Standard (DSS), new self-audit questionnaires, major trends and other related guidelines, such as the Better Business Bureau and privacy controls for the hospitality industry.

The event includes a one-day seminar (May 1), followed by a one-day in-depth workshop (May 2), on PCI-DSS and the new self-audit questionnaires. Privacy controls for the hospitality industry, major trends and related guidelines such as those of the Better Business Bureau also will be discussed. 

PCI Data Security Standards Compliance is an organization formed by several credit card companies to enhance payment account data security by fostering broad adoption of the PCI security standards. All businesses accepting credit cards must comply with these standards.

The conference is sponsored by Net Frontiers LLC and its CEO Douglas Cougias. All profits will go to support PCI education for hospitality students.

For more information, or to register, visit [].

The University of Delaware's Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management program prepares students for successful careers as corporate hospitality information technology managers, consultants and hospitality technology system implementation specialists and provides high-quality professional-level instruction for current hospitality managers seeking to further their education by applying technology solutions in operational settings. For more information about the HRIM program, visit [].

The United Compliance Framework is the first independent initiative to exclusively support information technology compliance management by focusing on commonalities across regulations, standards-based development and simplified architectures. For more information about the United Compliance Framework visit []. 


Cihan Cobanoglu, Ph.D., CHTP
Associate Professor of Hospitality Information Technology
University of Delaware
Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management
14 W. Main St. Raub Hall
Newark, DE 19716 USA
+1 (302) 831-4881 Voice Mail/Cell
+1 (302) 691-4778 Fax



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