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National Restaurant Association - Cybersecurity

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Keeping data safe and secure is of paramount concern for the restaurant industry.

The digital age is transforming the way restaurants do business. Innovations in technology have only just begun to help restaurateurs streamline operations, reduce costs and bring more guests into their restaurants. These innovations are fueled by data. But with opportunity comes risk.  Payment card information has always been a target, but hackers are now hungry for more. With new data sources, online criminals can target all aspects of a restaurant’s business.  

What we're doing to help our members:

  • Download our toolkit: In Cybersecurity 101: A Toolkit for Restaurant Operators, you'll get information on the impact of data breaches, plus action-oriented information about the five key elements of an enterprise-wise cybersecurity system for your restaurant company.
  • Writing our own framework: We've convened a working group of member companies to formulate a detailed Cybersecurity Framework for the Restaurant Industry based on the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) Framework. The group, comprised of some of the nation's leading restaurant companies, is working on specific standards, guidelines and best practices for enterprise-wide cybersecurity. Read more.
  • Sharing information: We've teamed up with R-CISC, the Retail Cyber Information Sharing Center. This peer-to-peer forum promotes threat information-sharing as a valuable cybersecurity tool. 

Questions? Contact the NRA's Laura Knapp Chadwick, director, commerce and entrepreneurship, at lchadwick@restaurant.org.

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Advocating for You

Congress is intent on addressing the problem of data breaches and is considering complex laws and regulations in this area. And many  aspects of the payment card system and cybersecurity standards are not under direct control of Congress, regulators or state legislatures, but are instead agreements between private industries. Find out how we're advocating on your behalf. 

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