Manage Genius Bar Reservation 5 Ways by Which Event Planners Manage Payment Security Breaches

Payment security breaches are rampant occurrences these days. And event organisers are quite troubled with these.In the recent past, there are a number of event companies that had faced and announced security breaches as a result of which there were unauthorised charges made at several places. This precisely happened because the systems were installed with a rogue malware. The companies had to issue apologies and post information on the respective websites about the affected location and dates.That is why here an attempt is made to take care of the situation so that the event planners can deal with the situation before and after the breach.
Have Clauses in Contracts That Offer You Legal Protection – Legal protection is necessary. This is more vital in the cases where the event planner is not involved with the transactions dealt with other event planners. That is why as the client shares his or her credit card details with you, you must ensure that there should be a contract about what their expectations should be. Under such circumstances, creating a clear contract guideline about which event partner is responsible for which transaction is a great insurance policy that can do away with any liability or confusion if there is a security breach.
Alert the Clients Then and There – Even if a particular client did not do business at the respective time-frame of the occurrence of the security breach event planners should still make them aware about the incident and that too, in writing. Planners should also put in the information on how the supplier is addressing the issue and reminding the clients about who has the liability for it. There should be a clear understanding about what the potential breach of contract is.
Make the Clients offer Account Information Directly to the Event Partners That Are Handling the Specific Tasks – If possible event planners can choose to have a client give payment information directly to the suppliers like venues or caterers. This actually gives relief to the event planner if the account information get compromised.
Find Out the Event Policies of Potential Event Partners – Prior to contracting with suppliers such as restaurants and hotels, planners should research and review their policy against security breaches that involve account numbers and other sensitive client information. Ask them questions like what kind of security protection and protocols they use to secure the transaction and how they are preparing to resist any malware that infects their systems. Also you must ask what will happen if a security breach happens. It is better to consider another venue if the present one is unable to offer you a clear answer.
Consider Alternative Payment Options – There are a number of electronic payment services that are emerging these days. Experts opine that there is too much faith attached with a plastic card with magnetic stripe. Electronic payments are more encrypted and thus, more difficult to copy and cheat than a plastic piece.


The above are some of the ways through which companies providing event planning solutions can manage payment security breaches. If you deal with it by keeping the above in mind you can divert all your energy to organise a great event instead of worrying about other things.

Artificial Intelligence and Our Humanity

We hear and read about it everywhere these days.

You hear people saying, “The future is now.”

“We have to give way to technology.”

“We’ll be better off and live better lives (maybe not even work) if we let AI do it.”

Yes, technology is here, and we are living at the dawn of the age of AI, and it’s a topic that we’ve seen and heard a lot more about this year.

I wonder what the opportunities will be for the average person. You know, the person who is not the founder of Facebook, Google or Amazon, which have placed such high barriers to entry that it will be rare for companies to break into that stratospheric league.

What’s Going to Happen with Humans?

Do you wonder what’s going to happen to the average person? AI are taking over customer service, writing, design, sales, law, and medicine. As a businessman and social entrepreneur, the reality is that if you’re looking at things in a purely bottom-line manner, using AI could make a whole lot of sense. They never get sick. They work 27/7/365. They never stop and can indeed produce more than any human can–in a lifetime. From a pure dollars and cents perspective, AI can make a lot of sense.

But then you have to wonder about the broader implications of AI, and I sense that society has not even started to get its head around the implications. If you pay even a little attention to the news, then you know that a few months ago Facebook engineers shut down and pulled the plug on AI that decided on its own to go ahead and develop a new language. It was more efficient for them to get the work done, but humans did not understand. It seems that the language was basic, but what happens if the AI had not been shut down? Would they have developed a highly sophisticated way to communicate and operate that completely excised human?

I agree that technology can be beneficial to society. I think most people would agree that we’d prefer to send a bot into a dangerous situation, say war, rather than ask our men and women to put their lives on the line. I think there’s something to be said for the rapidly expanding role of robotics in medicine. For example, the fact that we’ve started to print human organs with 3D is a significant advancement, and we have to hope that many lives will be saved.

The Deeper Issues Related to AI

My concern as I dig deeper into the issue of AI is what the implications are for the human race, and yes, that even includes how we in the philanthropic sector connect with each other and with the world we serve. As I noted in the previous article I wrote, the Partnership on AI, which is a collaborative effort between mega-companies such as Facebook, Apple, Google and leading non-profits such as UNICEF and Human Rights are trying to lead the conversation about the implications of AI in all of our lives.

If you tune in even a little bit into the conversation about AI, you know that we have to deal with many issues, including some of the following:

Safety: We don’t want to be in a situation where AI is created, and it is not obligated to protect human life.
Transparency: We had the recent situation with Facebook where they shut down AI, but who rules (government or business) when someone says “Houston, we have a problem”?
Labor and the Economy: Whose responsibility is it to train people as AI develops and what will their work functions be in light of a much more powerful AI partner? Will people even have jobs?
Society: For communities around the world, which certainly includes nonprofit and philanthropic work, what will be the impact of AI on philanthropy, education, charitable work, science, private/public partnerships, etc.

The reality seems to be apparently developing that there are few areas–if any–that AI will not touch.

Humanity’s Competitive Advantage

When I read about issues related to AI, I think of one thing–humanity. I believe we all have to get into the conversation now about the implications of AI. I’m someone who likes and values people precisely because we are imperfect. There is a lot of prose and poetry in the human condition. AI cannot love, demonstrate courage, hope, dream, feel fear, etc.

In my mind, those qualities are what makes humans so much better than AI. Our values are our competitive advantage in comparison to AI. There is something intrinsic within people (some call it a soul or spirit, others connect the scientific dots of all the elements that make up our brains, hearts, and bodies) that makes us unique, and yes, even exceptional.

We have a serious conversation that has to take place about AI, but it involves all humans, and we have to pay attention before we have a situation we did not bargain for in the age of technology.

The Path for Humanity as it Greets AI

In many ways, I hope that AI begins to break down the things that divide us and that we discover that as humans, we are all the same. We are. Take away the issues of money, race, religion, gender and everything else; we all bleed red.

We all hurt.

We all hope.

We all dream.

The way I see it, the time is now for humanity. It can be our finest hours at the dawn of a new age–provided we all get out of our own way and engage in a global dialogue about humanity in the age of AI.