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Texas Assn. of Realtors® Certified REALTOR® Secure

The National Assn. of REALTORS® Center for REALTOR® Technology has awarded the REALTOR® Secure Certification to the Texas Assn. of REALTORS®. The certification recognizes the association for employing security industry best practices.

CRT developed the REALTOR® Secure Certification program to address a range of today’s information technology concerns, including protecting online transactions, avoiding business interruptions, and securing networks and applications. The REALTOR® Secure Certification confirms that multiple listing services and real estate brokerages have policies and procedures in place to protect real estate information and systems from internal and external risks.

“REALTORS® advance technology and are committed to raising the security awareness of REALTOR® organizations,” said NAR President Pat Vredevoogd Combs, of Grand Rapids, MI, and vice president of Coldwell Banker-AJS-Schmidt. “By developing strict industry standards and ensuring that security practices are in place, organizations are better equipped to protect sensitive customer information and avoid costly business disruptions.”

The REALTOR® Secure Certification program is awarded following a three-step process, which includes a security self-review, independent third-party evaluation, and final approval and certification by CRT. The certification is valid for two years, during which participants may display the REALTOR®  Secure logo on their web site.

“Electronic information is critical to the success of many real estate organizations; however, REALTORS®, consumers and partners want assurance that the information they provide is safe and secure,” said Mark Lesswing, chief technology officer and senior vice president of NAR. “The Texas Assn. of REALTORS® has addressed these concerns head on by meeting and exceeding the security standards required to achieve REALTOR® Secure certification.”

“Going through the REALTOR® Secure process has been very valuable for us,” said Laura Gass, Texas Assn. of REALTORS® vice president and chief operating officer. “We were concerned about our members’ privacy, and wanted to help protect that by safeguarding our membership data. The process was quite rigorous and offered an opportunity to scrutinize the activities associated with developing and maintaining our systems, both physical and electronic.”For more information on the REALTOR® Secure Certification program, visit

NAR’s CRT was established to provide technology leadership, guidance and assistance for its members. CRT makes available informed industry insight, research and open-source applications through its mission of implementation, advocacy and information.

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