Austin, Texas (PRWEB) August 31, 2007
With the help of CynergisTek, the Texas Association of REALTORS® (TAR) was recently certified REALTOR® Secure by the National Association of REALTORS®. The prestigious certification is awarded to organizations that employ security industry best practices, including measures to ensure secure online transactions, secure networks and disaster recovery.
To achieve certification, an organization must undergo a rigorous three step process which includes a security self-review, independent third-party evaluation and final approval by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Center for REALTOR® Technology. TAR chose CynergisTek, an information security consulting company which has been approved by NAR as a REALTOR® Secure Third-Party Evaluator, to complete their evaluation.
"The REALTOR® Secure evaluation process provides the real estate industry with a standards-based framework to look at how data and systems are being protected," stated Mac McMillan, CEO of CynergisTek. "The team at TAR approached the evaluation as an opportunity to validate the effectiveness of their practices and learn new strategies for information security as they proceeded through the evaluation process."
"CynergisTek proved to be an important partner throughout the evaluation process. They brought a wealth of practical experience, understanding of our industry, and meaningful insights that we can implement to improve our security, and better serve our members," said Laura Gass, Texas Association of REALTORS® Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. "Our organization understands more about information security than we did prior to REALTOR® Secure, and we appreciated CynergisTek's collaborative and instructional approach."
McMillan has been scheduled to present a workshop entitled "REALTOR® Secure Boot Camp: Strategies for Securing Realtor Transactions, IT Systems and Data" during TAR's Convention and Trade Expo on the morning of September 10, 2007. The session will highlight the importance of information security, show the attendees the purpose of the REALTOR® Secure program and help them understand how to apply the appropriate standards to their own organizations.
"Going through the REALTOR® Secure process has been very valuable for us, and we are eager to assist our members in achieving certification. We hope this Boot Camp workshop is just the first of many initiatives we can offer our members to that end," concluded Gass.
The TAR Convention and Trade Expo will be held from September 7-11, 2007 in Galveston, Texas.
CynergisTek provides REALTOR® Secure Certification and regulatory compliance solutions for the healthcare, financial services and real estate industries. CynergisTek's other areas of focus include information security management, IT infrastructure design, tool and technology selection, and technology audit services. We bring meaningful and practical insights and guidance to our clients, we are disciplined in our methods, we are responsible stewards of our clients' resources and we are generous in our service.
About Texas Association of REALTORS®:
Headquartered in Austin, the Texas Association of REALTORS® is the state-level organization for REALTORS® in Texas. All REALTORS® in Texas also belong to the National Association of REALTORS®, one of the world's largest professional-membership organizations. The vast majority of the nearly 90,000 Texas members also belong to REALTOR® organizations on the local level. The mission of the Texas Association of REALTORS® is to empower members to influence government, promote private-property ownership, obtain and exchange ideas, and convert information into knowledge for the benefit of the members, consumers, and the real estate industry. Learn more at http://texasrealtors.com.