HT-NEXT 2021: Learn How Choice Hotels Is Protecting Its Franchisees from Cyberattacks

In this can’t miss session, Jason Stead, SVP and CISO for Choice Hotels International will share how his brand is weaving corporate cybersecurity into its proprietary software, the cyber threats its franchisees faced during the pandemic, and why his brand is moving to be 100% cloud-based.
Michal Christine Escobar
Senior Editor (Hotels)
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Cybersecurity is a major issue facing the entire hotel industry, but it can be especially daunting for franchisees to deal with on their own. However, Choice Hotels has found a unique way to protect its franchisees from a variety of dangerous attacks including social engineering, ransomware and phishing. Join us on Dec. 14 at HT-NEXT 2021 in Scottsdale, Az., with Jason Stead, Senior Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer for Choice Hotels International for a session titled: Cybersecurity: A 21st Century Franchise Differentiator.

During this session, Stead will discuss why his brand is moving to be 100% cloud-based (and both the security opportunities and threats that move creates), how it is weaving corporate cybersecurity into its proprietary software, the threats Choice franchisees faced during COVID and how the company addressed those, as well as some of the unique value the company has created for its franchisees when it comes to cybersecurity.

This is a can’t miss session! Ensure you’re at this event with all of your peers by registering here.


Jason Stead is the Senior Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer for Choice Hotels International, one of the world’s largest hotel franchisors. In this position, Mr. Stead establishes and oversees the company’s enterprise security and privacy program, technology compliance and risk management, and service management functions.

Jason has 20 years of experience in IT risk management and information security. Previously he served as Vice President of Information Security for First National Bank of Arizona, now known as CIT Bank, a regionally focused, nationally chartered bank.

Earlier in his career he held senior information security roles with Nationwide Insurance and management consultant and risk management roles with Ernst & Young.

He received his MBA from the W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, and BSfrom Iowa State University. Jason holds CISSP, CISM, and CISA security certifications.


Hospitality Technology (HT) and Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG) are collaborating for the fifth year in a row to host HT-NEXT 2021, a unique conference for the hospitality technology industry. HT-NEXT 2021 will take place Dec. 13-16 at the Fairmont Princess in Scottsdale, Az.

HT-NEXT ( brings together hotel technology solution providers with leaders and influencers from leading hotel companies spanning IT, finance, marketing, distribution and operations. The event typically attracts nearly 500 hospitality professionals. After the event, 87% of attendees say they meet a valuable new contact at the show, and 97% of attendees say they brought back a specific idea to implement at their organization.

HT-NEXT features emerging trends and the ability to dig in to work together to solve current industry problems. The program will feature thought-provoking keynotes, diverse educational sessions, HTNG workgroups and a technology exhibit hall for attendees to discover cutting-edge solutions. The Hotel Visionary Awards and the HTNG TechOvation Award are also presented live during the event.