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ALTA is committed to helping its members protect their business and clients from cyber attacks. Use these resources and information to understand what you should be doing to help safeguard your system.

Federal Requirements

Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLB): This regulation requires financial institutions—companies that offer consumers financial products or services like loans, financial or investment advice, or insurance—to explain their information-sharing practices to their customers and to safeguard sensitive data. These companies include title and settlement companies, as well as law firms.

State Requirements

Forty-seven states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have enacted legislation requiring private, governmental or educational entities to notify individuals of security breaches of information involving personally identifiable information.

ALTA Best Practices

The third pillar of ALTA’s “Title Insurance and Settlement Company Best Practices” provides procedures that should be taken to protect non-public personal information (NPI).


Federal Trade Commission

Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC)

Federal Bureau of Investigation

National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC)


News about Cybersecurity

September 20, 2016 How to Develop a Data Breach Response Plan
Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you create an effective data breach response plan. You can also check out a handy checklist of things you should do in the first 24 hours if a breach has occurred.
September 20, 2016 Suffer a Data Breach? Here’s Your First 24-Hour Checklist
Acting quickly and strategically following a data breach can help you regain your security, preserve evidence and protect your brand. Once a breach is discovered, contact legal counsel for guidance on initiating these 10 steps.
September 20, 2016 How Cybercriminals Target Victims: Report Cites Top Information Resources
Hacked | September 19, 2016
Cybercriminals, whose attacks cost organizations millions of dollars a year, do extensive research on their targets. They gather organizational and personal information before deciding which vulnerabilities to exploit.
September 15, 2016 New York Proposes Cybersecurity Regulations
The proposed regulation would require regulated financial institutions to establish a cybersecurity program; adopt a written cybersecurity policy; designate a chief information security officer responsible for implementing, overseeing and enforcing its new program and policy; and have policies and procedures designed to ensure the security of information systems and nonpublic information accessible to, or held by, third-parties, along with a variety of other requirements to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information systems.
September 15, 2016 Financial Regulators Release Revised Information Security Booklet
The revised booklet addresses the factors necessary to assess the level of security risks to a financial institution’s information systems. The booklet also helps examiners evaluate the adequacy of the information security program’s integration into overall risk management.
September 13, 2016 Cyber Snipers Zero In on Industry
Title and settlement agents must be vigilant against an onslaught of fraudulent email schemes as regulator attention has accelerated.
September 13, 2016 FBI Arrests Two Alleged Hackers of Crackas With Attitude Group
Hackread | September 11, 2016
Crackas with Attitude (CWA) hackers who made headlines for hacking high-profile government officials in the United States are feeling the wrath of law enforcement agencies – US authorities have arrested two alleged hackers of the group.
September 12, 2016 HR a Target for Cyber-Crime, Must Defend Itself
Bloomberg BNA | September 7, 2016
The human resources department is a target for cyber-crime because it controls employees’ personal information, so it must take an active role in its own defense, consultants say.
September 7, 2016 Public Yawns at Threat of Cyber Crime
The San Diego Union-Tribune | September 5, 2016
The seemingly inpenetrable National Security Agency was hacked recently. So was the Democratial National Committee, and voter registration offices in Illinois and Arizona.
September 6, 2016 FTC Seeks Comments on Safeguards Rule
The Safeguarding Customer Information (Safeguards Rule) requires financial companies (including title insurance and settlement service companies) to protect customer information. Comments are due on or before Nov. 7, 2016.
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