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Food & Beverage Operators: Is Your Data Secure in the Cloud? - By Gene Yasuda

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Food & Beverage Operators: Is Your Data Secure in the Cloud?

Oracle Hospitality

There is no doubt that food and beverage operators can gain much from moving their POS to the cloud: Slash IT costs. Reduce IT complexity. Centralize menu changes, promotions and reporting. Respond faster to business changes. You can read the full list of benefits in our Power of Cloud whitepaper.

Greater data security is one of those advantages. Yet, it remains a concern for many F&B operators who are used to managing their systems and data in-house.

“Will my enterprise information, as well as my customers’ identity and payment methods, be safe in the cloud?” they wonder.

But the real question they should be asking instead is this: “How soon will I get hacked if I don’t move to the cloud?”

Here are some considerations:

  • Data breaches now are everyday occurrences as news headlines remind us daily.
  • As cybercrime escalates well beyond identity theft to devastating “ransom-ware” that encrypts companies’ data and cripples operations, security experts say partnering with top cloud-service providers – who have the resources and commitment to employ world-class security measures and continuously update them – is the safest course of action.
  • Employing cloud means transferring day-to-day headaches of managing security to 24/7 experts and freeing restaurant operators and their IT team to focus on what matters most: Accelerating innovations that boost sales, reduce costs and enhance the guest experience.
  • At Oracle Industry Connect in 2016 – a major cross-industry conference on innovation technology – Richard Clarke, the former U.S. counterterrorism czar and renowned cybersecurity expert, said: “This is a little counterintuitive, but think about putting more of yourself in the cloud, because you can configure things more easily, more securely in the cloud. Get someone to do that for you rather than you (operating your own servers) and trying to protect them.”
  • The rising complexity of cyberattacks make transferring security management to dedicated cloud providers an imperative – especially considering the escalating risks. Imagine the impact of a data breach on your business: Beyond enduring a paralyzed business with lost revenue opportunities, a restaurant could suffer unimaginable damage to its reputation, not to mention costly litigation.
  • But not all cloud service providers are the same and their security assurances differ. After all, it means nothing if software is secure, but physical premises or access protocols are left vulnerable.
  • That’s where Oracle cloud distinguishes itself. It practices “defense in depth,” which delivers comprehensive security by layering security strategy, security technologies, security services and governance.
  • From software security involving secure coding standards and architectural risk analysis to operational procedures such as firewall reviews and vulnerability scanning, data security is practiced end-to-end with Oracle Cloud. Access – whether it’s physical (video surveillance and badge entry with multiple checkpoints) or logical (encryption protocols and role-based privileged access) – is guarded diligently.
  • The adoption of these security measures and more are designed to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data that belong to your business and your customers. With such peace of mind, restaurant operators can return to the task at hand: Creating a flourishing enterprise.

Find out more about Oracle Hospitality’s cloud technology for restaurants.



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