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Real Estate Pros and A New Version of Wire Fraud

If you want to see the state of innovation in crime around the world, watch what's happening in cyber. Smart and sophisticated criminals everywhere are re-tooling their craft for the greatest opportunity in the history of their profession.  The risk of getting caught is low, the reward high, and it's so easy to outsmart 99% of the planet that is still entirely unprepared for what is at hand . And, for what's new in cybercrime, real estate sales is the place to see. 

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Topics: Family Offices, Real Estate Sales

Realtors® Association of Palm Beach - Cyber Security for the Realtor®

Total Digital Security is holding an ongoing series of education and training sessions for members of the RAPB - Realtors® Association of Palm Beach. Two-hour sessions are free for members, and we are available for on-site presentations for offices, office managers, and teams.

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Topics: Real Estate Sales, CLE/CE

Training for Cyber Security in Real Estate Sales.

This course offers a comprehensive overview of cyber risk, cybercrime, and the measures that mitigate the risk professionally and personally - specifically from the standpoint of the real estate sales industry professionals and the state of cyber risk in our daily, mainstream lives.

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Topics: Real Estate Sales

A Red Flag and Leading Indicator for Cyber Risk in Real Estate Sales.

The recent New York Post headline rang "My realtor's email was hacked, and I'm out $2 million dollars!" to subquote an ex-Lehman banker suing his agent for getting hacked and losing his deposit to fraudsters. This notable incident underscores the state of cyber risk in real estate sales and is a red-flag for the industry. It should also serve as a leading indicator of what is immediately ahead for all agents,  brokers, and office managers of any size. More profoundly the breach holds deep implications about traditional notions of risk and the new reality for risk managers in the Digital Age.

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Topics: Cyber Crime, Real Estate Sales

Speaking, Training, and Workshops for Real Estate Sales Professionals.

When we first coined the "democratization of cyber-risk" in 2012, we explained the phenomenon as a top-down process. Cybercrime started at the top: very large organizations like governments, militaries, and mega-corporations have been under attack for decades. Then, in the early 2000's, the risk began its migration down stream to medium sized organizations, and by 2010 small businesses on POS systems had become the target of hackers from around the world. Now, as the migration from the top continues, high-net-worth individuals and families, professional practices, and most recently; Realtors® are experiencing striking losses with increasing frequency, and a clear view of the reality that is their "New Face of Risk."

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Topics: Real Estate Sales

Cyber Security in Real Estate Sales

"Cyber Security in Real Estate Sales " begins by addressing three crucial questions:

 

  1. Is cyber risk a real problem in the real estate sales industry?

  2. Why is the industry being targeted?

  3. How real are the threats for agents, brokers, and office managers?

 

And then answers three more:

  1. How did it happen?

  2. What does the future hold?

  3. What can I do about it?

 

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Topics: Real Estate Sales

Realtors® Protecting From Cyber Risk - Workshops and Broker Summit

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. 

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Topics: Real Estate Sales

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