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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

May 26, 2016 Ransomware Complaints Double in a Year, Total Over $1.5 Million
Motherboard | May 25, 2016
The number of victims reporting ransomware attacks has nearly doubled in a year, and the reported loss to victims nearly tripled, according to an FBI report based on information provided by the public.
May 23, 2016 Senators Take Aim at 'Armies of Zombie Computers'
The Hill | May 20, 2016
A group of senators this week introduced reworked legislation to combat botnets, which transmit computer viruses, after the measure failed to make it into the major cybersecurity bill passed late last year.
May 20, 2016 What You Ought to Know About the Common Cybercrime Techniques of 2016
Manage Engine | May 19, 2016
2015 was the year of bold and sophisticated cybercrimes in Australia when major corporations such as The Commonwealth Bank, Target,T-Mobile, K-mart, X-box, Anthem Inc., and Slack lost millions of dollars in security breaches and lost data records. You can expect 2016 to be no different unless companies take proactive measures to improve their IT security.
May 11, 2016 How Does Cybersecurity Affect the Mortgage Industry?
DS News | May 10, 2016
As the digital age surges forward, mortgage companies now have a new issue on their hands—cybersecurity.
May 10, 2016 3 Ways Cybersecurity Affects the Mortgage Industry
The M Report | May 9, 2016
As the digital age surges forward, mortgage companies now have a new issue on their hands—cybersecurity.
May 6, 2016 Buyer Beware: In Hot Housing Market, Scam Targets Real Estate Closings | May 6, 2016
With home prices rising and inventory low, the housing market in the Triangle is more competitive than ever, putting pressure on buyers to move quickly when they find a home they want.
May 3, 2016 Election Fraud Feared as Hackers Target Voter Records
The Hill | May 2, 2016
A series of data breaches overseas are spurring concerns that hackers could manipulate elections in the United States.
May 3, 2016 In Case You Missed It: Know What You Need to Do When Data is Breached
The frequency and cost of data breaches continues to rise. The risk of a title or settlement company getting hacked isn’t a question of if, it’s when. Listen to a recording of the webinar “Life Cycle of a Data Breach: Know What You Need to Do,” to learn about breach notification requirements, the potential costs to resume operations following a breach and how to develop a plan and be prepared in case a breach happens to you.
April 26, 2016 Hultgren Proposes Legislation to Prevent the Release of Private Mortgage Information
Homeland Preparedness News | April 25, 2016
April 22, 2016 4 Ways to Dodge Cybercrime When Banking, Shopping on Mobile Phones
USA Today | April 20, 2016
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