WASHINGTON, DC, June 4, 2019 – The Retail & Hospitality Information Sharing and Analysis Center (RH-ISAC) today was named a Cyber Readiness Champion, enabling retailers, restaurants, hotels, gaming casinos, consumer product manufacturers and other customer-facing companies to access free resources and tools from the Cyber Readiness Institute (CRI).

As a Cyber Readiness Champion, RH-ISAC members will be able to access and implement cybersecurity best practices from senior executives at global companies as well as integrate cyber readiness programs into their corporate cultures to make their organizations safer, more secure and resilient in the face of cyber threats.

The RH-ISAC connects information security teams at the strategic, operational and tactical levels to work together on issues and challenges, to share best practices and insights, and to benchmark among each other – all with the goal of building better security for the retail and hospitality industries through collaboration.

“Our members are entrusted by their customers to protect and secure critical their data,” said Suzie Squier, president of the RH-ISAC. “Partnering with the Cyber Readiness Institute will provide our members with free, easy-to-use and impactful tools that will educate employees and foster cultures that value the importance of cybersecurity to both business success and integrity.”

The CRI Cyber Readiness Programis designed to educate and equip small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with tools and resources to address four primary cybersecurity issues: authentication, phishing, patching, and USB use. The Program focuses on making basic cyber policies and processes an integral part of a company’s operations to create a culture of cyber readiness, and build a more cyber secure and resilient organization.

“In the retail and hospitality industries, cyber breaches create reputational damage that can quickly lead to customer distrust, revenue losses and business closures,” said

Kiersten Todt, managing director of the Cyber Readiness Institute. “Consumers expect their personal data to be protected and entrusted by the companies with which they do business. We welcome the RH-ISAC as a Cyber Readiness Champion and look forward to helping empower the industry to become more cyber aware and cyber secure.”

About the Cyber Readiness Institute

The Cyber Readiness Institute (CRI) convenes senior leaders of global companies—including Mastercard, Microsoft, ExxonMobil, Maersk, General Motors and others from around the world—to share best practices and resources to improve the cyber readiness of small and medium-sized enterprises.

The Institute’s co-chairs are Samuel J. Palmisano, retired president and CEO, IBM and current chairman, The Center for Global Enterprise; Ajay Banga, president and CEO, Mastercard; Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft; and Penny Pritzker, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and current chairman, PSP Partners. The managing director of CRI is Kiersten Todt, former executive director of the Presidential Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

About the RH-ISAC

The Retail & Hospitality Information Sharing and Analysis Center (RH-ISAC) is the trusted community for sharing sector-specific cyber security information and intelligence. The RH-ISAC connects information security teams at the strategic, operational and tactical levels to work together on issues and challenges, to share practices and insights, and to benchmark among each other – all with the goal of building better security for the retail and hospitality industries through collaboration. RH-ISAC serves retail, hotels, restaurants, gaming and other consumer-facing entities. For more information, visit www.rhisac.org.