DALLAS— October 23, 2018— Armor®, a leading cloud security solutions provider, and OpenKey, the industry standard for universal mobile key in hotels, announced a case study today describing how Armor is providing OpenKey significant cost savings and robust security as the company expands domestically and internationally. Founded in 2014, OpenKey is focused on protecting hotels and their guests by making mobile key technology a safe and seamless alternative to plastic room keys. Using the OpenKey application, hotel guests can receive directions to the hotel property, access hotel Wi-Fi codes, view dining and amenity information, request check-out, and, in many cases, automatically receive a digital key at check-in—among other things.
The hospitality industry is a popular target for cybercriminals. According to the 2018 Trustwave Global Security report, the hospitality industry is one of the top five industries subjected to network breaches each year. Additionally, this industry tends to use complex, often splintered technology systems from multiple vendors to fulfill multiple functions. This results in an environment with many back-end systems and connection points giving threat actors many access points to a company’s network to steal data or launch attacks.
To protect its environment, OpenKey chose to use Armor Anywhere with secure hosting, Armor’s secure cloud hosting solution. By working with Armor, OpenKey projects it has reduced the cost of using the cloud securely by more than 80%, amounting to an average of more than $200,000 in savings per year when compared with what the company would have spent given its growth trajectory. These savings stem from the elimination of costs tied to hiring data security personnel and implementing and maintaining technology, and it will likely increase year-over-year while OpenKey continues to expand.
With Armor Anywhere with secure hosting, OpenKey can use the solution’s high-performance infrastructure and built-in security controls to protect its environment and its customers’ data. In addition, Armor customers benefit from the 24/7/365 monitoring and detection capabilities of Armor’s security operations center (SOC), as well as instant access to Armor’s team of on-demand incident responders and Threat Resistance Unit (TRU).
In the case of mobile key technology, compromising a guest’s identity or the application itself could lead to unauthorized access to a room. This makes security paramount for OpenKey, as physical security and cybersecurity are interconnected.
“Mobile key adoption is still in the early stages, and security is a critical part of our discussions as we introduce our technology to the industry,” said Chris Hickingbottom, vice president of engineering at OpenKey. “By choosing Armor as our cloud security provider, we can tell our security story to customers with total confidence.”
“The right provider not only makes compliance and security achievable, but also maintainable and affordable,” said Wayne Reynolds, CSO of Armor. “At Armor, we are committed to providing the robust, real-time protections, availability, and insight our clients need to meet their compliance requirements and defend against current and emerging cyberthreats, so that they can focus on growing their business and taking care of their clients.”
Armor is a cloud security company that takes the complexity out of protecting your data, whether it resides in a private, public, or hybrid cloud—or in an on-premise IT environment. We provide managed security solutions that give you a clear picture of threats facing your organization. This allows us to provide you with the people and security resources to stop attacks before they happen and react quickly and effectively when they do, keeping your data safe and compliant. Wherever you are on your cloud journey, Armor can help. We make cybersecurity simple. To learn more, visit www.armor.com or follow @armor on Twitter.
Founded in 2014, OpenKey is reinventing the hospitality experience through its mobile access solution. The OpenKey app is the industry standard for universal mobile key technology and works with the majority of digital hotel locks. Hotels and their guests benefit from OpenKey’s platform providing efficiency, convenience, and cost savings. OpenKey is a privately held company located in Plano, Texas. The company has been funded by several of the largest hotel ownership and management companies in the world. The app is available for both iOS and Android devices. For more information, please visit www.openkey.co.
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