Hotel CISO Forum

The Hotel CISO Forum was formed in mid-2014 at the request of several hotel Chief Information Security Officers, in order to have a place where they could confidentially share information about security threats, best practices, security management, and solutions. This group is also hospitality's Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO).

Forum membership is limited to senior hotel information security executives. Normally the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), or the person or persons filling that role, represent their company, but they may bring support staff to face-to-face meetings. An annual fee of $1,500 per company is assessed for participation, and members pay nominal fees to attend face-to-face meetings.

For information on joining the Forum, please contact HTNG. Please note that membership in this Forum is currently not available to technology providers, consultants, academics, or other individuals not employed by hospitality companies.

Unlike other HTNG efforts, meetings and communications are carried out under a mutual nondisclosure agreement and are made available only to participants whose companies have signed an identical mutual nondisclosure agreement.

The forum held its first face-to-face meeting in May 2014 and plans to meet approximately twice a year going forward. It maintains a listserve for rapid communication on emerging or evolving threats, conducts regular surveys of its members on key issues, and can mobilize conference calls when real-time security threats arise.

Companies currently participating include:

  • AccorHotels
  • Best Western International
  • Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
  • Choice Hotels
  • Fairmont Raffles Hotels International
  • Firmdale Hotels
  • Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
  • Hyatt Hotels Corporation
  • InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Interstate Hotels & Resorts
  • Jumeirah Group
  • La Quinta Inns & Suites
  • Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
  • Marriott International
  • Melia Hotels International
  • Omni Hotels
  • Wyndham Hotel Group

HTNG's CISO Forum is lead by Jason Stead, Vice President, Enterprise Security, Privacy & Corporate IT at Choice Hotels International. Jason was elected as Chair of the CISO Forum, and serves as member leader of the forum until January 2018.

Jason Stead is Vice President, Enterprise Security, Privacy, and Corporate IT for Choice Hotels International (NYSE:CHH), one of the world's largest hotel franchisers. In this position, Mr. Stead establishes and oversees the company's enterprise security and privacy program, IT compliance and risk management, service management, systems performance management, and corporate IT.

Jason has 15 years of experience in IT risk management and information security. Previously he served as Vice President of Information Security for First National Bank of Arizona, now known as Mutual of Omaha Bank, a regionally focused nationally chartered bank.

Earlier in his career he held senior information security roles with Nationwide Insurance and management consultant and risk management roles with Ernst & Young.

He received his MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, and BS from Iowa State University. Jason holds CISSP, CISM, and CISA security certifications.