At the heart of every residential real estate sales transaction lies information highly sought after by cyber criminals from around the world. The personal, legal, and financial information that is shared electronically and by email across the agent's network includes details rich with potential for the most profitable criminal schemes including financial fraud, extortion, blackmail, and tax fraud. The industry is responding by providing information and resources the professionals need to protect themselves, their client, their broker, and their practice from the elevating risks. A leading example is one of the largest trade associations in the business; the Greater San Diego Association of Realtors®, and the upcoming "Cyber Security Workshops" and "Broker Summit" they are hosting later this June.
Real estate agents and brokers are upping their game to protect their clients and their business from cyber risk.
The residential real estate sales industry in the U.S. experienced a surge of cyber crime over the last 9 - 12 months. Leaders in the business acknowledge the industry is targeted for the quality of information at hand in a sales transaction, and as the result of a general lack of preparedness. In many, if not most cases a typical real estate transaction is consummated across a network of individuals that use personal, unprotected devices, and over unsecured networks. For now, the residential real estate industry is the ripest and lowest hanging fruit for sophisticated criminal cartels everywhere.
For now, the residential real estate industry is the ripest and lowest hanging fruit for sophisticated criminal cartels everywhere.
Cyber Security for Life
Total Digital Security was formed in 2013 to seek out the best IT security technology available anywhere, and make it accessible, easy to use, and affordable to the rest of us.
We provide individuals and small groups that don't have an IT security department with the knowledge and technology they need to protect themselves. For over three years we have been in the field every day working where the rubber hits the road - at the intersection of people, their technology, and risk.
Understanding a new era of risk to their business was at hand, Realtors® and other real estate professionals were early adopters of our platform. We've been working with them since to adopt new technologies and practices that position them for the challenges ahead.
When the SDAR saw cyber risk emerging in their industry, they wanted answers and resources for the benefit of its 12,000 members. Our partnership was a natural fit, and we are excited to launch our first series of workshops and a "Broker's Summit" later this June.
Workshops - Cyber Security for Realtors®
Best Practices, Real Solutions, and Immediate Results
JUNE 28, 2016
CARLSBAD SERVICE CENTER
1850 Marron Road, Suite 104, Carlsbad, CA 92008
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
JUNE 30, 2016
KEARNY MESA SERVICE CENTER
4845 Ronson Court, San Diego, CA 92111
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Recommended solutions will be provided for purchase, with free installation.
Bring your smart phones and laptops.
Free lunch for all attendees!
REGISTER TODAY: www.SDAR.com/education
SDAR Member: $5 REALTOR® Plus: FREE All Others: $10
Broker Summit - Legislative and Legal Hot Topics
Designed exclusively for brokers and office managers to come together and learn from presenters, panels and peer leaders in the industry offering fresh insights on current conditions, updates on legislative topic and risk management matters, all while looking to the future of real estate.
JUNE 29, 2016
At the USD Joan B. Kroc Institute - 5939 Camino De La Paz, San Diego, CA 92110
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - Trade Show & Networking
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Risk Management
12:30 PM - 1:15 PM - Short Term Rentals
1:15 PM - 2:00 PM - Cyber Security - Risk Management
- What the next 5 years look like in cyber crime and why the real estate industry is being targeted.
- How our personal information and technology became the #1 target of criminals today.
- What you can do - for you and your business, your sales agents, and your clients.
Brad Deflin, Total Cyber Securty President and Founder
Total Digital Security was formed in 2013 to find the best IT security technology available anywhere, and make it accessible, easy to use, and affordable for the rest of us. TDS believes cyber security is a service, not a product you can buy and sell. It’s a virtuous cycle of vigilance, assessment, adjustment, and optimization. Total Digital Security’s mission is to be our customers’ trusted partner for all things related to their cyber risk: The threats they face, the technology that will protect them, and the counsel they need to stay smart and safe.
Cyber Security Services for Realtors®
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If you are in West Palm Beach, I will be presenting to the Risk Management Association on Thursday, June 23rd. Thank you to Forte Interactive and Palm Beach Tech for your sponsorship.