August 2019

  • Texas Cyber Attack Has Taken 23 Government Agencies Offline
  • Sen. Brandon Creighton Honored With Outstanding Legislator Award
  • The Science of Regrettable Decisions
  • ICYMI: Agent Statistical Data Due Aug. 27
  • Hiring? Reach More Qualified Title Professionals via TLTA's Career Center
  • Upcoming Webinars

Texas Cyber Attack Has Taken 23 Government Agencies Offline

Davey Winder | Forbes | Aug. 19, 2019
The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) has confirmed that the State of Texas has been responding to a cyber-attack that started on the morning of Aug. 16. At this point, it is known that at least 23 government agencies in Texas have been taken offline as a result of the attack.
What is known so far about the Texas cyber-attack?
According to a DIR statement, "the majority of these entities were smaller local governments," although it has declined to name any of the 23 agencies taken offline by the attack. The DIR statement does confirm, however, that State of Texas networks and systems have not been impacted.
The Texas State Operations Center was activated on the morning of August 16 and had been working on a 24-hour basis ever since. Evidence gathered by the Texas Division of Emergency Management, Texas Military Department and the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, amongst others, suggests that the attack was a coordinated effort from a single threat actor. It has also been confirmed that this was a ransomware attack and efforts are actively underway to bring the affected agencies back online as soon as possible.
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Sen. Brandon Creighton Honored With Outstanding Legislator Award

Sen. Brandon Creighton, the Texas legislator who authored two of our industry's priority bills during the recent legislative session, was honored with TLTA's Outstanding Legislator Award at a lunch in The Woodlands Monday, Aug. 19.

More than 30 title industry attendees, including the TLTA Legislative Liaison assigned to Sen. Creighton, John Kulasa, attended the celebration of Sen. Creighton's leadership. 

Aaron Day, Sen. Brandon Creighton, Leslie Midgley, John Kulasa
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Sen. Creighton, who chairs the Senate’s Higher Education Committee and the Select Committee on Texas Ports, is a valued friend who continues to demonstrate his support for our industry and the consumers we serve. 
Learn more about Sen. Creighton's good work on behalf of Texas consumers in TLTA's 86th Session legislative report.

The Science of Regrettable Decisions

Robert Pearl | VOX | July 23, 2019
As Full House actress Lori Loughlin and her husband await their next court date, they stand accused of paying a $500,000 bribe to get their daughters into the University of Southern California as crew team recruits. Their defense is said to rest on the belief that they were making a perfectly legal donation to the university and its athletic teams (their children never rowed a competitive race in their lives).
Legal strategies and moral considerations aside, this strange behavior has left many observers wondering, “What were they thinking?” Surely, Loughlin and her family must have considered someone at the university would audit the admissions records or realize the coach’s high-profile recruits had never rowed a boat.
We may never know exactly what Loughlin and her family were thinking. But as a physician who has studied how perception alters behavior, I believe that to understand what compelled them to do something so foolish, a more relevant question would be, “What were they perceiving?”
Understanding the science of regrettable decisions
Several years ago, I joined forces with my colleague George York, a respected neurologist affiliated with the University of California Davis, to understand why smart people make foolish choices in politics, sports, relationships, and everyday life. Together, we combed through the latest brain-scanning studies and decades of psychological literature.
We compared the scientific findings with an endless array of news stories and firsthand accounts of real people doing remarkably irrational things: We examined the court testimony of a cop who, despite graduating top five in his academy, mistook his gun for a Taser and killed an innocent man. We dug through the career wreckage of a once-rising politician who, despite knowing the risks, used his work phone to send sexually explicit messages. And we found dozens of studies confirming that doctors, the people we trust to keep us safe from disease, fail to wash their hands one out of every three times they enter a hospital room, a mistake that kills thousands of patients each year.
When we read about famous people ruining their lives or hear about normal people becoming famous for public follies, we shake our heads in wonder. We tell ourselves we’d never do anything like that.
But science tells us that we would, far more often than we’d like to believe.
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ICYMI: Agent Statistical Data Due Aug. 27

The Texas Department of Insurance sent its call for Agent Statistical Data on July 16 to each agency in Texas in accordance with Texas Insurance Code §2703.153, which requires each title insurance company and title insurance agent engaged in the business of title insurance in Texas to annually submit certain data to TDI. TDI uses this data to set title insurance premium rates.
You must respond to this data call using the provided instructions and forms no later than Aug. 27, 2019.
Be in compliance – TLTA can help! Our on-demand webinar, On-Time and Error-Free TDI Experience Reporting includes a team of experts to walk you through the Texas Title Insurance Experience Report and provide a clear, basic overview for finding the information you need.
Webinar: On-Time and Error Free TDI Experience Reporting
Available on-demand.  
Presenters: Nancy Waggoner, Nancy Waggoner, CPA, CFE and Sylvia Freyling, Fidelity National Title Insurance Company  
CE Credit: 1.5 hrs Escrow  
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