HFTP Adds Protecting PII Training modules to list of pre-approved CPE Curriculum Choices
HFTP announces formal recognition of the unique eLearning suite, Protecting Personally Identifiable Information, developed by HER and the Venza Group
announce their unique role based eLearning modules on protecting Personally Identifiable Information (PII) have been selected by Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) as part of their pre-approved certification education maintenance requirement.
educational provider status for HFTP members, Protecting PII® is now part of the select curriculum of acceptable continuing education courses accepted as CPE's when Certified Hospitality Accountant Executives (CHAE) and Certified Hospitality Technology Professionals (CHTP) apply for renewal of their certification. The complete suite of seven Protecting PII modules are part of the extensive Venza Group's PEAK® Series of courses on compliance and workforce effectiveness created specifically for the Hospitality Industry.
Venza Group's PEAK® eLearning programs have, with the announcement of HFTP's educationalapproval, had their value acknowledged. Further enhancing the association's educational resources, members are now eligible to receive a discount for their companies on pre-approved data privacy- related learning programs.
"The industry is realizing that PCI compliance is just the tip of the iceberg. Today it's all aboutprotecting the valuable identity information typically tied to hotel guests, In today's environment (post Target breach) it is top of mind." said Evelyne Oreskovich, President of Hospitality Evolution Resources (HER-Consulting.com). She added "Staff in several departments at hotels are sharing and storing PII inappropriately on both an internal and external basis. With these eLearning modules, the first hospitality driven courses available to educate staff based on what they do, hotels can reduce the risk of liability. And to make it even more useful, tt is also the first system developed by the hotel industry for the hotel industry so it is really relevant to daily tasks and activities."
With reports of data breaches increasingly affecting the hospitality industry it is clear that hotels areattractive and lucrative targets for criminals. Hoteliers reduce the risk and negative publicity associated with data breaches by properly educating employees on data security.
"Educating industry professionals on the importance of data security vigilance is nothing new forHFTP. Now, by providing their certificate holders and members access to these eLearning programs, HFTP is boosting its commitment to the hospitality professional's growth," said Jeff Venza, President and CEO of the Venza Group. "And with the recent ruling by the FTC relative to protecting guest data, the need is greater than ever for hotels to take proactive steps to ensure staff is better trained to spot ways data can be compromised despite outstanding IT precautions."
About Hospitality Evolution Resources (HER)
HFTP, Austin, Texas, USA and Maastricht, The
Vice President Business Development - Hospitality eResources