DALLAS -- Credit card numbers, passport documentation, names and ages of children. Of all online transaction portals, travel websites probably handle the widest variety of sensitive and personal information. Add that to the number of airline, hotel, rental car agencies and other vendors travel websites must facilitate, and securing that sensitive information becomes both a critical and daunting task. That is why Expedia, Inc. [NASDAQ: EXPE], the world's leading online travel company, has signed a strategic security deal with Entrust, Inc. [NASDAQ: ENTU] to secure employees, partners, customers and the sensitive data they are trusted to keep safe.
"Security can be a limitation to the growth of many companies, and we did not want that. Instead, we wanted to take security issues out of the equation, so we could concentrate on growing our business," said Expedia Chief Information Officer Bill Holtz. "That is why we took a more holistic approach with our security - one that gives us the ability to protect our intellectual property while securely opening our borders to our partners, suppliers and providers. In addition, we needed to make sure our employees could have access to the files they needed securely from anywhere in the world. We chose Entrust because they could give us the security to empower the trusted ecosystem we need to flourish."
As part of the strategic deal, Entrust will provide Entrust IdentityGuard for employee and partner authentication; Entrust GetAccess for web single sign-on and access control for employees and partners; Entrust Entelligence to secure messaging and mobile data protection. Entrust partners that will support the Expedia deal include Pointsec, Vericept and Sun Microsystems.
"Expedia has been a pioneer leveraging the online channel to provide a rich set of services to consumers. With this step, they continue their visionary leadership and are raising the bar for security expectations for all online providers," said Entrust Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Bill Conner. "Instead of waiting for a high profile data breach or regulatory pressure, Expedia decided to be proactive to maintain the high level of trust its customers have long enjoyed. We are proud to be a strategic partner as they lead the way into this new level of customer security assurance."