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1. More hotels are expected to expand use of mobile keys in 2015

Valor Security Services Advisor | Feb 18, 2015

Mobile keys will remain a hot topic in 2015, industry observers say. Starwood Hotels and Resorts started testing virtual keys at two hotels last year, and it is expected to expand its use of virtual keys in 2015. Meanwhile, smaller hotels are also considering adopting mobile keys, noted Christophe Sut, vice president of product and marketing at ASSA ABLOY Hospitality. Hotel Management online (01/22)


2. Fla. hotel releases security tape of New Year's Eve robbery

Valor Security Services Advisor | Feb 18, 2015

WFOR-TV (Miami-Fort Lauderdale) (01/21)


3. Bank phishing scam is linked to hacked hotel phones

Valor Security Services Advisor | Feb 18, 2015

A recent phishing scam targeting American bank customers has been linked to hacked phone lines at a variety of Holiday Inn locations in Texas. Text messages were sent asking recipients to dial the number of a hacked Holiday Inn and then enter their credit card or debit card information. Krebs On Security blog (02/04)


4. 3 businesses that hit home runs on social media

Valor Security Services Advisor | Feb 18, 2015

Business owners should carefully target and refine their marketing strategies, writes Bruce Freeman, who provides examples from three successful businesses. It's important to pick high-impact tools, develop a schedule for social media marketing and focus on creating valuable and fun content, Freeman writes. Week, The (02/16)


5. Colo. marijuana dispensaries increase security after robberies

Valor Security Services Advisor | Feb 18, 2015

After several robberies, marijuana dispensaries in Colorado are investing in additional security cameras, panic buttons and staff training. Security concerns are heightened at dispensaries because they usually have large amounts of cash on hand. Most banks will not allow dispensaries to open accounts since federal law prohibits the sale and use of marijuana. Durango Herald (Colo.) (02/07)


6. Commentary: Retailers should end the excuses on data security

Valor Security Services Advisor | Feb 18, 2015

The arguments that retailers are using to avoid industry data security standards are without merit, writes Jason Kratovil, FSR's vice president of government affairs for payments. Retailers say they're worried about the shaming that will come with acknowledging a breach, but it is banks that make customers whole, he notes. Retailers also say that fear of Federal Trade Commission action is a deterrent, but only about 2.3% of retailer breaches have been subjected to FTC action, Kratovil writes. Financial Services Roundtable (02/10)


7. Hotels face censure over Wi-Fi blocking policies

Valor Security Services Advisor | Feb 18, 2015

The Federal Communications Commission issued a warning to businesses that have policies of prohibiting patrons from using personal Wi-Fi hot spots on their premises. The warning took the form of an enforcement advisory, and it singled out hotels such as Marriott -- which recently paid $600,000 to settle a Wi-Fi blocking dispute. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (01/27)


8. Mobile access locks for hotels catch on

Valor Security Services Advisor | Feb 18, 2015

Hotel Management online (01/29)


9. Conrad Hotels and Resorts allows booking via Instagram

Valor Security Services Advisor | Feb 18, 2015

Conrad Hotels and Resorts has turned Instagram into a booking platform, linking pictures of its 24 hotels to its reservations page. Stuart Foster, marketing vice president, said positive results could lead to the program being adopted by other Hilton brands. USA Today (02/13)


10. Armed robbery runs rampant in Neb. metro area

Valor Security Services Advisor | Feb 18, 2015

According to police reports, there have been more than 40 armed robberies since the start of 2015 at restaurants and retail stores in Omaha, Neb., and Council Bluffs, Iowa. Most of the robberies have occurred during business hours. Police advise business owners to install good lighting and security cameras, and to make sure window signs don't block the view into the business. KMTV-TV (Omaha, Neb.) (02/10)




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