During a month known for tricks and treats, we wanted to spotlight October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This is a very important topic for all of us in real estate because cybercriminals are always lurking in the digital shadows, searching for the perfect opportunity to trick one of us.
That’s why we all must stay vigilant when it comes to warding off cybercrime. With that in mind, the Charter Title team put together our own list of three Cs of cybersecurity. We compiled our tip sheet from this Forbes’ article that names compliance, coverage, cost and continuity as other alliterative options.
Our three cybersecurity Cs:
Change: Change your passwords regularly and make sure they are strong. What gives passwords strength? It’s 15 characters or longer, uses a mixture of letters, numbers and symbols and is unique to that account. We know changing passwords every 90 days or so can feel like a chore, but it’s that important. Put it on your calendar and use a password generator or manager if needed.
Commitment: Be covered by a plan and stay committed to following it. In any business, it’s important to have a cybersecurity strategy in place, and that goes double for us in real estate. Furthermore, stay committed to doing those software and computer updates when asked. Doing so is a key to any good protection plan.
Communicate: Talk about your dedication to cybersecurity internally and externally. Make sure your entire team knows procedures and protocols – and provide training so they know how to follow them. Make sure your customers know about how you protect them, and make sure vendors and partners are committed to staying secure, too.
Finally, here’s a reminder that applies anytime. Reach out to us if something ever seems off during your transaction. Slowing down and verifying information can be the difference between staying secure and a disaster. A real estate deal should be an exciting experience, and Charter Title does everything we can to keep it a positive one for everyone involved.