Pioneer Technology Group and Real Estate Data Shield, Inc. Announce Strategic Partnership for Real Estate Closing Data Security

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The combined expertise of the two companies provides title agents with security advantages throughout the real estate transaction process.

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A wave of recent legislation and regulatory initiatives are focused squarely on the security of non pubic personal information. Under particular scrutiny are title and settlement companies that come under the privacy mandates of Gramm-Leach Bliley, FTC Safeguards, and other rules, leaving them struggling to adapt and ensure that their customer’s critical information is secure. This security is especially critical in light of the recent CFPB April 2012 Bulletin that re-emphasizes to the lenders that they are responsible for the compliance of their Service Providers. Lenders have identified data security as their No. 1 concern in connection with their Service Providers.

Title agents and closing attorneys are a focal point for these initiatives, as they are primarily responsible for the processing, execution, distribution, and long term storage of massive amounts of sensitive information. In addition to property records, every closing typically involves handling and storing specifics on bank accounts, credit lines, tax records, and other vital records, most of which are also accompanied by client signatures.

Now, two companies with expertise in real estate security are providing their shared knowledge to assist title agencies and real estate companies in protecting secure information - from the very start of the transaction, at the point of signature, and for years after the closing itself takes place.

As title companies manage critical data with every closing, Real Estate Data Shield, through its Compliance Management Platform provides industry-specific compliance solutions including: (i) written information security & related policy templates; (ii) a double award winning staff training e-courseware; and (iii) a security self-assessment tool to identify gaps in security and prepare for lender/regulator audits. ALTA’s certification process specifically identifies these security measures as mandatory for certification of its third pillar for Best Practices.

Pioneer Technology Group, through its YourDox platform, provides secure document delivery, access, and storage to all parties to the transaction. One significant example is at the time of closing itself. Typically, buyers and sellers have walked away from closings with a single set paper documents that are not secure in any way - originals which contain critical personal and financial information. Now, closing agents utilizing the YourDox secure platform provide parties with password protected, encrypted document delivery and long term storage for these sensitive documents, greatly reducing the risk of loss, destruction, and identity theft.

The joint initiative between the companies includes advising title agencies on how to strengthen security measures and comply with recent legislation such as the Dodd-Frank and Gramm-Leach-Bliley Acts, as well as upcoming directives from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Title companies and agents will also receive discounted rates when combining services and products from the two companies.

YourDox technology provides title agents and consumers with a unique solution to a critical issue facing the title industry” said Peter Johnson, Vice President of Pioneer Technology Group. “By partnering with Real Estate Data Shield, we’re proud to bring title agents a simple, comprehensive solution to help ensure compliance and adherence to industry best practices. This also enables agents to satisfy new lender requirements, and most importantly, protect the consumer throughout the closing process.”

“Local title & settlement agents provide a critical service for consumers and lenders. But as an industry, we’re behind in terms of data security compliance and now that the regulators have put increasing pressure on the lenders to ensure that their Service Providers are in fact compliant, we can anticipate lender/regulator audits and increased requirements in new vendor agreements. Now is the time to prepare for this increase in compliance and because data security is the lender’s number one concern, if your company cannot evidence actual compliance, your lender relationships are at risk” said Christopher Gulotta. “Compliance is the new marketing and has to now be a core competency that all title and settlement companies fully embrace.”

About Pioneer Technology Group:
Pioneer Technology Group (PTG) provides secure systems to title agencies, law firms, courts, counties, and recorders and registers of deeds offices throughout the United States. The company also provides a scanning and conversion bureau for businesses transitioning from paper to digital systems through its subsidiary, Pioneer Records Management (PRM). More information on Pioneer Technology may be found at http://www.ptghome.com or by contacting Peter Johnson at pjohnson(at)ptghome(dot)com

About Real Estate Data Shield
Real Estate Data Shield provides data security compliance solutions for title & settlement companies including: (i) information security & related policy templates; (ii) staff training & testing; and (iii) security self-assessment tools. More information can be found at http://www.realestatedatashield.com or by contacting Christopher Gulotta at cgulotta(at)redatashield(dot)com

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