Preparing for HITRUST CSF v9 Enhancements

Ahead of its late August/early September 2017 release, HITRUST has released details around HITRUST CSF v9. To address the evolving information security landscape to include new threat profiles and updates in standards, HITRUST has expanded its framework and enabled NIST Cybersecurity Certification. HITRUST removed 10 controls required for CSF v8.1 certification and added 19 controls […]

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14 Ways to Prevent Data Breaches in Your Organization

Actionable Tips to Prevent Data Breaches Feeling safe about your organization’s personal data because of encryption standards? Don’t fool yourself into a false sense of security. Managing cyber-risk is a multi-faceted, whole-organization effort that requires implementation at the top levels down. In IBM’s Security Services 2014 Cyber Security Intelligence Index, which analyzed cyber-attack and incident […]

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Get Ready: Changes to ALTA’s Best Practices and Assessment Procedures

Overview of ALTA Best Practices Changes In June 2016, the ALTA Board approved the modifications to the ALTA Best Practices and assessment procedures, and also created the Best Practices Maturity Model to help Title Companies measure compliance with the Best Practices. Below is a brief summary of the changes that were made to the Best […]

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Provide Peace of Mind to Lenders and Consumers with the A-LIGN Difference

The A-LIGN Difference = Peace of Mind + Trusted Advisor + Competitive Advantage Most lenders/stakeholders now ask title insurance and settlement companies to demonstrate compliance with ALTA’s Best Practices. There exists a lot of uncertainty and confusion in the industry as to how a title insurance and settlement company can demonstrate compliance with ALTA’s Best […]

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Nuances of the American Land Title Association (ALTA) Best Practices Assessments

How do I get ALTA certified? Which audit should I do? What is the difference between a SSAE 16, SOC 1, SOC 2 and AT 101? What is the difference between an examination, review and agreed-upon procedures engagement? Will my lender accept the report I provide to them? These are just some of the few […]

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A-LIGN’s ALTA Best Practices: Engagement Options Guide

American Land Title Association (ALTA) Best Practices: Engagement Options Most people in the industry are confused as to what to do as it comes to ALTA Best Practices assessments and are even more confused when they read so many articles in the press or hear different opinions from industry experts. As a visual learner, I […]

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SOC Vendor Due Diligence for Title Agencies

The American Land Title Association (ALTA) Best Practices Framework has been developed to assist lenders in satisfying their responsibility to manage third party vendors. ALTA members advocate a safe and efficient transfer of real estate and have high standards when searching land title records and preparing insurance documents. To provide the best possible chance of […]

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How to Differentiate Your Title Agency for Success in a Dynamic Market

By: Blaise Wabo, Senior Consultant at A-LIGN In 2012 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a bulletin related to service providers’ oversight, in which they expect supervised banks and nonbanks (lenders) to oversee their business relationships with service providers in a manner that ensures compliance with Federal consumer financial law, which is designed to […]

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