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OYO strengthens focus on information security; develops a comprehensive Bug Bounty program

ANI | Updated: Feb 21, 2020 08:14 IST

New Delhi [India] Feb 21 (ANI/BusinessWire India): OYO Hotels & Homes, the world's leading hospitality chain announced that it will continue to ramp up efforts to improve its information security framework as well as roll-out stronger ethical hacking and bug bounty programs to encourage continuous improvement and collaboration with ethical hacking experts.
This development is in line with the company's commitment towards ensuring data privacy and building a robust cyber-security network.
"One of our biggest assets is the trust of our customers, partners, and employees place in us. We understand that trust is hard to earn and easy to lose. One key responsibility in earning this trust is protecting the data our customers and other stakeholders have with us from any unauthorised use. Our team of 1100 plus world-class security, network and software engineers and external partners across multiple geographies is at work 24x7 ensuring the protection of this data, so our customers and stakeholders can rest easy", said Jagbir Singh, Engineering Manager - DevOps and InfoSec, OYO Hotels & Homes.
The Bug Bounty program that the company aims to introduce is towards ensuring that there is a credible and continuous flow of positive feedback from independent security groups and individual researchers to mitigate against any bug or shortfall in the company's systems.
This is in line with the established practice of recognition and reward for ethical hackers who help responsibly investigate shortfalls within the tech architecture of several tech companies including the likes of Silicon Valley giants like Facebook, Google, etc.
OYO has accordingly developed an improved responsible disclosure policy to encourage honest and responsible reporting of any potential risks.
Additionally, OYO has partnered with a specialized cyber-security start-up, AppSecure/Hackerhive, that connects companies and ethical hackers to help the former discover and fix security vulnerabilities and is in the process of developing a full-fledged Bug Bounty program.
Security a priority
Security is an integral part of any process at OYO; beginning from the collection of data, during transfer and processing to storage at rest. OYO follows a comprehensive information security framework based on NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA), ISO 27001 and other stringent industry standards.
OYO's commitment also extends to employee training and sensitization at every step. All new joiners at OYO go through information security training as part of the new employee orientation.
The company's software developers and other information security personnel also attend a mandatory quarterly refresher since the technology in this space are dynamic and evolving very quickly. There is also annual mandatory refresher training for all existing employees.
"We have a robust and world-class security team comprising of in-house and external experts employing best in class security techniques including virtual private networks/cloud, firewalls, intrusion prevention and detection devices (IPS and IDS), security trainings for all engineers, static and dynamic code analysis, regular vulnerability assessments and network penetration tests. In today's digital world, a cyber-attack is a real concern. Hence, in line with our efforts to continually improve, we are investing in ethical hacking programs as well", said Anil Goel, Group Chief Technology and Product Officer.
OYO also joined hands with other technology companies to address the issue of increasing online frauds and save guests from cyber-crimes. Along with other companies, OYO met the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) representatives and made a joint representation on the issue that also addressed the plan on how to curb these online frauds followed by a meeting with other stakeholders in the telecom industry.
The company has a long way to go and as it continues to amplify investments in this ever-evolving space, it aims to continually improve.
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