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Articles about Security


Commercial | June 2019 
Go Ninja Against Cybercrime
Mortgage companies are a particularly desirable target for hackers and their schemes because they have money and data that hackers want. The average mortgage broker or lender collects and stores — eve...
By Jeff Bernstein, managing director, Critical Defence

Residential | June 2019 
E-mail Security Should Be a Top Priority
Origination has become one of the mortgage industry’s largest expenses. The average cost to process a loan rose to $8,611 in fourth-quarter 2018 — where historically, from 2008 to 2018, loan productio...
By Idan Udi Edry, CEO, Trustifi

Commercial | May 2019 
View Cybersecurity From All Angles
It is not news that commercial mortgage brokers and lenders need to pay close attention to cybersecurity issues. Financial institutions store an immense amount of sensitive personal information ...
By Al Alper, founder and CEO, Absolute Logic; and Mark Favaloro, president, New York Association of Mortgage Brokers

Residential | December 2017 
Safeguarding Borrower Data
Over the past few years, the mortgage industry has had to adjust to new compliance regulations and transition accordingly. With the growing emergence of technology and big data in the mortgage applica...
By Kelcey T. Brown, chief strategy officer and executive vice president, WebMax LLC

Residential | November 2017 
Is Your Information Managing You?
The number of technology platforms and the amount of data utilized in the mortgage industry has become staggering over the past few years. Consider all of the data systems used by mortgage professiona...
By Jim Dunkerley, founder and president, FirstFunding

Residential | October 2017 
5 Cybersecurity Must Do’s
Security breaches are a pervasive problem in the mortgage industry, but mortgage originators may not realize how important it is for them to be conversant in the latest systems, threats and best pract...
By Al Stanley, chief information officer and chief technology officer, Angel Oak Companies

Commercial | April 2017 
New York Tech Regs May Spread
The state of New York adopted a cutting-edge set of cybersecurity-compliance requirements in the waning days of 2016 that apply to any organization that reports to its Department of Financial Services...
By Al Alper, founder and CEO, Absolute Logic

Residential | February 2017 
Remote Notarizations Gain Digital Traction
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By Pem Guerry, executive vice president, SIGNiX

Residential | November 2016 
Big Data Is a Game Changer
Big data is all hype. At least that’s what it’s about when you’re only trying to sell technology. Big data as a paradigm, however, can be valuable to mortgage originators, especially when it c...
By Chami Akmeemana, managing director for global markets, Global Risk Institute; and Guy Pearce, managing partner, REData Performance Consulting

Residential | October 2016 
Cybersecurity Is Not Enough
In a saturated market like the mortgage industry, client retention is vital. You go to great lengths to ensure that your borrowers’ experiences with you are extraordinary and that they are satisfied w...
By Guy Pearce, managing partner, REData Performance Consulting

Residential | August 2016 
Lurking Hackers Everywhere
Information-security risks have evolved dramatically over the past several years. Malware, or software designed with the intent to steal, damage, disclose or destroy data, has evolved even faster. Hac...
By James M. Deitch, CEO and co-founder, Teraverde Management Advisors

Residential | July 2016 
Beware the Paperwork Predators
Mortgage-loan transactions feature hundreds of pages of documents that contain massive amounts of data. With regulators putting increased pressure on mortgage companies, the accuracy of this data is m...
By Brent A. Chandler, founder and CEO, FormFree Holdings Corp.

Commercial | May 2016 
Avoid ‘Dead Deal’ Lawsuits
The white-hot commercial real estate market may be showing signs of slowing down. Impending interest rate hikes, a volatile stock market, China’s economic slowdown and plunging oil prices all have imp...
By Gregory Markow, partner and chair of the litigation practice team, Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP

Residential | May 2016 
Shine a Light on Cybersecurity Flaws
Mortgage banking transactions require the transmission, collection and storage of many important documents. Borrowers hand over their banking statements, tax returns, W-2 forms, driver licenses, payst...
By Paul Lewis, vice president of technology risk, T&M Protection Resources; and Jeff Bernstein, managing director, T&M Protection Resources

Residential | February 2016 
Let E-Signatures Retain Their Independence
This past October, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new Truth in Lending Act and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act Integrated Disclosure rule took e...
By Pem Guerry, executive vice president, SIGNiX


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