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2014 copyright Hospitality Upgrade

by Ryan Ward 

According to the Data Breach Investigation Report, the hospitality industry grabbed the top spot for the most data breaches in both 2011 and 2012. Released in April, the results for 2013 show this ranking remains unchanged. The industry snapshots, aimed at helping organizations understand the anatomy of a data breach and how to best provide protection, offered an in-depth view of the financial services, health care, retail and hospitality sectors. Ranking behind the retail industry is, in my opinion, embarrassing.

It was interesting that 76 percent of all industry breaches were based on weak or stolen password credentials. That's why in the Summer 2014 issue of Hospitality Upgrade ("Tips for Password Security That Actually Work") you'll learn some valuable tips on how to establish a corporate password management program that really works. 

We've included four of the seven tips shared in the current issue of Hospitality Upgrade, Summer 2014 issue.

Tip No.1:  Multiple Passwords Are Just Mean

Tip No.2:  Make Passwords Difficult to Crack

Tip No.3:  Implement One Policy on All of Your Systems

Tip No.6:  Using Single Sign-on

To read the full article:

From Ryan Ward's article on Data Security and Password Management, "Tips for Password Security that Actually Work," from the Summer 2014 issue of Hospitality Upgrade magazine.

Top 25 Worst Passwords of 2013, from Splashdata -- 

About Hospitality Upgrade

Hospitality Upgrade is the No. 1 source for technology information for the hotel, travel and foodservice industry. The magazine is published three times per year, with a circulation base of 32,000+ subscribers, and mailed to 109 countries. Hospitality Upgrade is also the exclusive affiliate technology publication of HITEC/HFTP. The magazine is available in print and digital format, and as a free mobile app in the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad devices, and Google Play for Android smartphones. Hospitality Upgrade's website provides information pertaining to recent industry news, events, white papers, case studies, vendor profiles, a "hot shot" technology leader profile and an archive of previous issues and articles. For more information, please visit

Contact: Geneva Rinehart / 678-802-5302

About the Author

Ryan Ward is CIO at Avatier Corp., a world leader in risk-driven identity management software. He is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

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