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Hospitality CISO Forum

The Hospitality CISO Forum was formed in mid-2014 at the request of several hospitality 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 hospitality 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
  • Caesars Entertainment
  • Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
  • Choice Hotels
  • Event Hotels
  • Fairmont Raffles Hotels International
  • Firmdale Hotels
  • Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
  • Hard Rock Hotels
  • Hyatt Hotels Corporation
  • InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Interstate Hotels & Resorts
  • Jumeirah Group
  • Kalahari Resorts
  • La Quinta Inns & Suites
  • Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
  • Marriott International
  • Melia Hotels International
  • Omni Hotels
  • Sage Hospitality
  • White Lodging
  • Wyndham Hotel Group

Jason Stead 

VP, Enterprise Security, Privacy & Corporate IT
Choice Hotels International 

Ben Vaughn

VP, CISO
Hyatt Hotels Corporation