Security Policy Template For Hotel Networks

By Dan Virgillito

When booking a hotel room, you assume that it is the responsibility of the hotel to keep you and your belongings safe by not sharing your room keys or other details. But a greater threat could be lurking in your room – the WiFi connection. While high-speed wireless Internet is always a welcome amenity for hotel guests who are looking to communicate and conduct business on the go with limited disruptions, it also illustrates the vulnerability of the hotel industry to cyber threats. Hotel WiFi networks suffer from many security weaknesses, many of which are similar to the weaknesses of public WiFi networks. These networks increase the hotel guests’ susceptibility to ‘man-in-the-middle’ and other attacks that compromise their personal information. The IC3 (Internet Crime Complaint Center) and FBI have already reported that instances of malware and other attacks on hotel-connected smart devices are on the rise.

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