Accor North America It Department Honored

ComputerWorld and Infrastructure Management World Recognize Efforts to Ensure Safety of Personal Data

January 30, 2008 // Franchising.com // CARROLLTON, Texas – Accor North America, one of the nation's largest hotel owners and operators, has been recognized by two respected organizations in the IT security industry for its commitment to network security. ComputerWorld and Infrastructure Management World both recently honored the company's IT department for its proactive efforts in ensuring the safety of its customers' personal electronic data.

"Increasingly sophisticated technology comes with a new set of increasingly sophisticated threats – almost on a daily basis," said Harvey Ewing, Senior Director, IT Security. "These recognitions demonstrate Accor's commitment to the security of our customers' personal information in the face of these threats. There is no substitute for preparation."

In June, the ComputerWorld Honors Program presented Accor NA with a Laureate in the Category of Finance Insurance and Real Estate as a pioneer in Credit Card Protection. Each year, the Computerworld Honors Leadership Awards are given to those "who have been instrumental in revolutionizing the use of information technology." In honoring the IT department, the committee cited its deployment of RSA enterprise-wide encryption technology, which allows for automatic credit card information encryption.

In September, Infrastructure Management World honored Accor NA as a Finalist in the Category of Security Compliance and Risk Management. The Annual "Best Practices in Infrastructure Management" Awards Program "acknowledges excellence among users of infrastructure management technologies."

Accor NA recognizes the importance of securing its customers and their electronic data against the increasing threats of fraud, identity theft and Internet security breaches. The company is committed to maintaining a secure network infrastructure through the use of properly configured firewalls, encryption systems which include data transmission and storage, access control measures, regular monitoring and testing of networks, and a company-wide information security policy. Guests at any of Accor NA's properties can be assured the company is doing everything possible to keep their personal data safe.

To learn more about Accor North America, please visit www.accor-na.com. If you are interested in learning more about franchising with Accor, please call 888-842-2942 or email FranchiseSales@accor-na.com.

About Accor North America
Headquartered in Dallas (Carrollton), Texas, Accor North America operates more than 950 upscale and economy properties including nationwide economy leaders Studio 6 and Motel 6 and the upper-upscale Sofitel and upscale Novotel hotel locations in the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit http://www.accor-na.com/ or call 972-360-9000.

About Accor Worldwide
Accor, the European leader and a major global group in hotels, the global leader in services to corporate clients and public institutions, operates in nearly 100 countries with 170,000 employees. It offers to its clients over 40 years of expertise in its two core businesses:
- Hotels, with the Sofitel, Pullman, Novotel, Mercure, Suitehotel, Ibis, All Seasons, Etap Hotel, Formule 1, Studio 6 and Motel 6 brands, representing more than 4,000 hotels and nearly 500,000 rooms in 90 countries.
- Services, with 23 million people in nearly 40 countries benefiting from Accor Services products in human resources, marketing services and expense management.

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