SOURCE: PISA Security Inc.

June 01, 2006 09:00 ET

PISA Security Warns That Identity Thieves Find Hotel Industry a Hospitable Target

New White Paper Shows Hoteliers How to Safeguard Employee and Guest Data in an Increasingly Unsafe Virtual World

LAGUNA HILLS, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 1, 2006 -- Information-technology security is no longer just for banks, according to the founders of PISA Security Inc. In a white paper released today, PISA Security reports that the hotel industry is vulnerable to security breaches that could put millions of guest and employee data records -- such as credit card numbers and social security numbers -- into the hands of identity thieves.

“When it comes to IT security, the service industry, which includes hotels and timeshares, tends to be the last to adopt safeguards,” said Marcus Bruninghaus, co-founder and chief executive officer, PISA Security. “Their goal is to provide exceptional guest service not an exceptional technology infrastructure. However, hoteliers today must be responsible for the physical as well as ‘virtual’ safety of their guests. Otherwise, vacationers this summer could find that their tropical escapes could permit hackers to get away with their identities.”

The white paper, “Identity Thieves Find Hotel Industry a Hospitable Target,” explains how many identity thieves steal sensitive data from hotels. The report also gives hoteliers ways to reduce the risk. PISA Security reveals the anatomy of most attacks and identifies areas of vulnerability most hotel IT managers could shore up immediately. Hoteliers and the general public can download the white paper at http://www.pisasecurity.com/pdf/pisa_whitepaper.pdf.

PISA Security provides a suite of software and consulting services to give the hospitality industry the ability to monitor data security and close gaps that leave them vulnerable to identity theft. The company will demonstrate its software at the 2006 Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC) in Minneapolis from June 19 to 22, 2006.

About PISA Security Inc.

A team of information-security experts with more than 60 years of hospitality and information-technology experience founded PISA Security to prevent the network security breaches that threaten employee and guest data in the hospitality industry. From providing a multilayered security platform for data protection to facilitating management of an entire network’s security posture, PISA Security has a variety of solutions designed specifically to meet the unique needs of hotels, resorts and timeshare properties. For product specifications and sales inquiries, visit www.pisasecurity.com.

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