October 2018

  • Top 5 Cybersecurity Threats Facing Title Industry in 2018 (Part 3): Hacking and Data Exfiltration
  • Mark Your Calendar: Early Voting Starts Next Week
  • Help Your Team Do More Without Burning Out
  • Congratulations to TLTA's Newest Certified Professionals
  • Mark Batis to Lead Texas Market for Agents National Title Insurance Company
  • In Memoriam
  • Texas Land Title Institute: Schedule and Brochure Now Available

Top 5 Cybersecurity Threats Facing Title Industry in 2018 (Part 3)

Hacking and Data Exfiltration

Drew Bradford, Sigma InfoSec | Oct. 17, 2018
In part 1 of this 5-part series, we examined business email compromise, which occurs when a hacker gains access to a corporate email account and assumes the identity of the corporate user in order to defraud the company, employees, customers, or partners. In part 2, we looked at some of the ways that hackers obtain and use stolen credentials in order to take over an account.
In this article—part 3 of our 5-part series—we’ll talk about other ways that systems get hacked and data gets exfiltrated. 
Be aware: Title companies are wrong to think that they are too small to hack, or that they can fly under the radar. In 2017, 58 percent of all breaches occurred in small businesses.
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Read Part 1 »
Read Part 2 »
If you're interested in learning more about protecting your business from cybercrime, sign-up for the TLTA on-demand webinar, Cybersecurity and Title: The Industry's Top Threats, which was presented by the team who wrote the article above. Their practical webinar goes beyond the passive chatter that marks most cybercrime discussions; they'll teach you how to protect your business by taking action against cyber threats.
Visit TLTA's Cyberfraud Resource Page »

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Early Voting Start Next Week 

The Nov. 6 General Election is less than a month away. Early voting starts on Monday, Oct. 22 and runs through Nov. 2.  
The right to vote is among the United States' most cherished liberties. Please remind your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers to vote in the upcoming election. 
Texas Secretary of State: When, Where and How to Vote in Texas » 

Help Your Team Do More Without Burning Out

Harvard Business Review | Oct. 15, 2018
As we begin our coaching session, Nick is fired up. He radiates energy, his eyes are beaming with determination, and he never really comes to a full rest. He speaks passionately of a new initiative he is spearheading, taking on the looming threats from Silicon Valley, and rethinking his company’s business model completely.
I recognize this behavior in Nick, having seen it many times over the years since he was first singled out as a high-potential talent. “Restless and relentless” have been his trademarks as he has risen through the ranks and aced one challenge after another.
But this time, I notice something new. Beneath the usual can-do attitude there is an inkling of something else: Mild disorientation and even signs of exhaustion. “It’s like sprinting all you can, and then you turn a corner and find that you are actually setting out on a marathon,” he remarks at one point. And as we speak, this sneaking feeling of not keeping pace turns out to be Nick’s true concern: Is he about to lose his magic touch and burn out?
Nick is not alone.
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Congratulations to TLTA's Newest Certified Professionals

Paul Bertanzetti, CAEP
CLR National Title and Appraisal
Vicki Brown, CESP
Mission Title, LP

Tiffany Anne Christopher, CESP
Central Texas Land Titles, Inc.
Leigh Anne Craig, CESP
Republic Title of Texas, Inc.

Martin Garcia, CTIP
Texas Secure Title Company, LLC
Julia Gasc Beckman, CESP
MBL Title, LLC

Lisa J. Harris, CAEP
Heritage Title Company of Austin, Inc.
Belle Hernandez, CAEP
Inspired Title Services, LLC

Sally Rogers Hough, CTIP
Menard Title and Abstract Co., Inc.
Ginger Klaerner, CESP
Mission Title, LP

Kimi-Kai Shaw, CESP
Mission Title, LP
Laura Thompson, CAEP
Title Express, Inc.

Audrey Thorpe, CESP
Old Republic National Title Insurance Co.
View All TLTA Certified Professionals »

Mark Batis to Lead Texas Market for Agents National Title Insurance Company

Agents National Title Insurance Company (ANTIC) has announced that Mark Batis has been appointed Texas Agency Manager. Batis will be based in Houston and will be charged with establishing ANTIC’s business operations and agency base in the state. He will also oversee agency operations, production and underwriting as well as manage all Texas personnel.

Read the Press Release »

In Memoriam

With the deepest respect for the friends we've lost and prayers of solace for the loved ones left behind, we recognize the following, saddening losses: 
David Lewis Fair
August 15, 1941 - October 11, 2018
Read the Obituary »
Paul Albert Pulliam
January 13, 1946 - September 21, 2018
Read the Obituary »
Melvin Morgan
December 24, 1945 - September 15, 2018
Read the Obituary »

Texas Land Title Institute: Schedule and Brochure Available Now

Dec. 6-7, 2018: REGISTER TODAY!
Thinking about attending the Texas Land Title Institute this year? Check out the online brochure and schedule, or read testimonials about this popular program from past attendees:
  • "Perfect for attorneys, agency owners and advanced closers." 
  • "World class training and networking - this program delivers everything it promises."
  • "I attend year after year. There's always something new to learn and new people to meet. A huge return on my investment."
The cutoff for our hotel group rate is Nov. 13, and rooms are going very fast. Rooms at the reduced rate are not guaranteed and the hotel will sell out soon, so book your room today!

Pick Between Two Optional Pre-Institute Seminars:

E-Closing Live Lab: How to E-Close Texas Style

Wednesday, Dec. 5 | 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
5 hours Escrow credit (pending approval from TDI)
You've heard the experts – now see the systems! In this deep dive session, you will hear from Texas title agents how closing electronically, both in-person and remote-online, can work for your title agency right here in the Lone Star State. Discussions will cover everything you need to know to "decide and deploy" the technology that's right for you and your customers. Check out the information-packed agenda (coming soon) and sign up to meet a great lineup of Texas title agents who have implemented e-closing and the all-star vendors that provide the technology.

View the full brochure!
Register now » 

Title Insurance and Doc Prep Basics: An Introduction to Closing the Deal

Wednesday, Dec. 5 | 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
6.5 hours Escrow, MCLE and TREC credit
Back for a sixth year, this course addresses title insurance questions that often arise in a closing and are presented to a lawyer representing a party. The speakers will cover title insurance due diligence for the clients and how to assure the best coverage and rates. Moreover, what if the insured does have a defect in title or an encumbrance – how should it be handled? Finally, this course provides an overview and practice tips for preparation of legal documents to convey title, release encumbrances and cure title issues.

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Register now »

TLTA has scheduled a variety of live webinars for 2018! Register now, or explore our library of more than 80 On-Demand webinars and videos covering the title industry topics you need!