Although the media headlines often highlight major data breaches of large corporations and government agencies, the majority of businesses being hacked are small businesses. Why is this the case? Most small businesses do not have layers of security in place to protect them so attackers consider them low hanging fruit. According to Verizon’s 2018 Data … Continue reading The Importance of Cybersecurity for Small Businesses
I recently met with the owner of a large real estate brokerage to discuss the scope and value of offensive security services. It was a great meeting and I thought they really understood the importance of protecting their network and digital assets. As we were wrapping up, they remarked “I don’t think we need anything … Continue reading Securing Your Company’s Cyber Security
Microsoft Office 365 is a great product that many title agents are using. Depending on the license purchased agents have access to email, encrypted email, free office software, one drive, file sharing, and many other features. However, as with most technology there are security risks introduced by using Office 365 for email. Many of the security features … Continue reading Securing Office 365 Email
What do you see as the purpose of the Technology Committee? Do you think the Technology Committee’s role has changed given this particular time in our history? The purpose of the VLTA technology committee is to draw from experts in the technology industry to provide valuable information and resources as well as provide education to … Continue reading VLTA’s Technology Committee: A Look Inside with Chair, Melissa Ellis
In October 2017, the NAIC adopted the Insurance Data Security Model Law. The purpose and intent of this Act is to establish standards for data security and standards for the investigation of and notification to the Commissioner of a Cybersecurity Event applicable to Licensees. A licensee is defined as a person or entity licensed, authorized … Continue reading NAIC Data Security Model Law
We all know that the title industry is under attack and phishing emails are on the rise becoming more sophisticated. It is every agent’s worst nightmare to think they may fall victim to a phishing email and suffer a financial loss. It is important to be prepared with the information beforehand on what steps you … Continue reading What to do if you receive a phishing email whether it results in a financial loss or not?
I know you’ve heard all about it, but has it happened to you? If so you know exactly what I’m talking about. When I tell you, this is the scariest thing I’ve ever seen in our business, I mean I worry everyday about the hidden hack. We can’t see where it's coming from or what's happening … Continue reading Straight Talk Title: Email & Wire Fraud Do’s and Don’ts