Rising Cybersecurity Concerns in Travel: What Companies Need to Know

A recent webinar by GlobalData’s head of research and analysis for Travel & Tourism, Nick Wyatt, revealed that cybersecurity is a top priority for companies in the industry. According to a poll, 63% of respondents believe that cybersecurity is already a big concern in the sector. In fact, mentions of cybersecurity in company filings have increased significantly, from 1,105 in 2016 to 3,934 in 2021.

The Threat

Companies in the travel ecosystem, including airlines such as Lufthansa and Wizz Air, are increasingly hiring for cybersecurity roles. Cybersecurity training is crucial for airports and airlines to effectively deal with potential threats. The aviation industry has experienced numerous cybersecurity incidents, such as the 2018 data breach at British Airways which impacted hundreds of thousands of customers.

Airports also face cybersecurity threats, as demonstrated by the Bradley International Airport website issue caused by a distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack. While mitigation techniques are in place, it is crucial for companies to prioritize cybersecurity measures to protect personal data from unauthorized access.

As a technology provider for the travel industry, Portway Systems understand the importance of cybersecurity in protecting the sensitive information of our clients and their customers. We prioritize the use of cybersecurity tools and continuously update our practices to ensure the highest level of protection.


About Portway Systems

Our story begins with what it truly means to be a travel technology company. It stems from a common sense of purpose that unites the people of Portway Systems. With a global footprint and employees representing multiple nationalities, we work each day on innovating for the travel industry, delivering digital solutions at scale, and developing and scaling an exciting ecosystem that accelerates expectation.

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