Hotels eye digital check-in options | Hospitality industry has role in Australian data breach probes | Hotels should be careful when handing out room keys
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January 16, 2013
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Hospitality Risk Management
Hotels eye digital check-in options
InterContinental Hotels Group has launched a digital check-in kiosk at the Crowne Plaza Orlando-Universal in Florida, which lets guests scan a bar code on paper or via their smartphones to obtain room keys. The company will continue testing the technology before rolling it out at other locations. Hilton lets its HHonors members use the Suite Selection service at its Homewood Suites by Hilton, which allows them to choose the room they want via a virtual map of the hotel. HotelNewsNow.com (1/11)
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Hospitality industry has role in Australian data breach probes
The 2012 Global Security Report by Trustwave showed that the hospitality industry, along with the food-and-beverage and retail industries, accounted for 85% of all data breach investigations. What those three industries have in common is that they all accept credit cards, and they continue to be targeted by organized crime due to their "payment-system vulnerabilities and poor security practices," this feature says. HospitalityMagazine.com.au (Australia) (1/10)
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Hotels should be careful when handing out room keys
Hotel operators should be vigilant in giving room access to nonguests to safeguard the privacy of their customers and prevent potential liabilities, this article says. Hoteliers should request written authorization from guests specifying who can be given a key to their room. Hotel Management online (1/7)
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Botnet cybercrime offers good living
The 2013 Cybercrime Report by Fortinet shows that the world of botnet cybercrime is expanding, and pays pretty well. The report included typical going rates for cybercrime services: $100 per 1,000 installs of malware, specialized code cracking is $17 for 300 million attempts (about 20 minutes of work), and $250 for remote access Trojans. According to the report, governments have found it very difficult to combat cybercrime. CSO (12/19)
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Retail Risk Management
Organized retail crime now a felony in Mich.
Mich. Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a bill into law that makes organized retail crime a felony in the state. Those found guilty of "theft of merchandise with the intent or purpose of reselling, distributing or transferring the stolen retail merchandise to another retail merchant, or to any other person personally, through the mail, or through any electronic medium, including the internet, in exchange for anything of value" could now spend up to five years in prison. SecurityInfoWatch.com (1/4)
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Chaos from flash mob prompts evacuation of La. mall
The Mall of Louisiana in Baton Rouge had to be evacuated this month after a fight broke out in the food court where 200 teenagers had gathered for a flash mob. Employees were ordered to evacuate. The chaos of shoppers rushing toward the exits was captured by cellphone video. ABC News (1/6)
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Innovation & Developments
A look at 20 hotel-technology trends
Invisible door locks, multifunctionality platforms and iPad services are among the top 20 best hotel-technology trends, as chosen by Hotelier. Mobile applications are also having an effect. HotelierMiddleEast.com (United Arab Emirates) (1/7)
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Business Operations & Strategy
Craigslist isn't a terrible place to look for legitimate talent
Posting job listings on Craigslist is relatively inexpensive, and it allows for a great deal of customization. However, some talented candidates might not be using Craigslist to look for employment. "Craigslist still has that stigma of not being a very good place for a legitimate business to look for serious talent," said Joel Gross of Coalition Technologies. Intuit Small Business Blog (1/10)
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Travel Watch
TSA to expand program for expedited security screening
The Transportation Security Administration plans to expand its PreCheck program to the general population. The program was launched 14 months ago for frequent fliers of several carriers. The TSA program, which allows for expedited security screening, is available at 35 airports. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/14)
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