PCI compliance a good place to start for hotels' IT security

PCI compliance a good place to start for hotels' IT security

Patric Mayock said estimating the number of data breaches that will hit the hotel industry is an inexact art. However, he said standards such as PCI compliance can help the hotel industry keep up with data security in the new year.

"A good place to start to shore up those gaps in protection is with the Payment Card Industry’s Data Security Standard, which includes 12 'biblical' principles critical for any hotelier," Mayock writes in the article. "Though PCI DSS focuses specifically on the way hotels collect and store payment information, its requirements—which are getting stricter—will help shield hoteliers against other breaches as well."

Darrin Pinkham, vice president of information technology at Texas-based hospitality group The Woodlands, also recommends that hotels look into other IT security resources to make sure customers are safe beyond payments as well. Mayock said companies need to take an end-to-end management technique to ramp up security each year as threats change.

PCI Central said benefits of PCI compliance include decreased risk of security breaches, protection from some costly fines and a relatively quick and easy set up for any business needing to protect credit and debit card data.