The entertainment industry, comprising museums, movie theaters, and amusement parks has had a difficult time bouncing back from the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic. Many people got used to COVID-based guidelines that restricted access to parks, stores, and theaters and were loathe to return. Attendance has plateaued at some venues, while movie chain giants like Regal Theaters continue to shut down venues due to lack of attendance. And, while theme park attendance is rallying somewhat, it is still down compared to pre-pandemic levels.
Art museums — and museums in general — are experiencing a drastic decrease in attendance since the onset of the pandemic. Even extremely popular museums such as the Musée du Louvre saw almost three-quarter fewer guests in 2020. In response, many museums are looking for new and creative way to use technology to engage their audiences — and draw them back into their doors.
Theaters, amusement parks, museums, and movie theaters all have one thing in common — they must ensure that visitors to their establishments remain safe while on the premises. Not only the owners of such venues, but also their staff members, must remain educated and vigilant when it comes to public health and safety issues.
It may not seem self-evident, but museums also need cybersecurity just like any other public or private entity. Depending on the types of relics, treasures, and art displayed at the facility, it may require more protection than regular businesses. As these institutions usually rely on grants, donations, and other contributions, they also face budgetary pressures while needing to improve their information security on their networks and devices.
While the insides of museums may seem like ancient, dusty halls filled with knowledge, plenty is going on in the background. Museums collect information just like any other business. They sell tickets to the public, host events, manage member’s information, and keep financial records regarding donations and contributions. All of this information can be valuable in a bad actor or hacker’s hands. Therefore, taking a proactive approach to information security will be vital to running a sustainable (and socially essential) operation.