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Cloudstar to Sponsor & Exhibit at 2021 National Settlement Services Summit

Cloudstar is pleased to sponsor the 2021 The National Settlement Services Summit (NS3).  This years conference will be held between August 31st – September 2nd, 2021 in beautiful Naples, Florida.

NS3 is the premier annual destination for all professionals involved in the real estate transaction to come together for unrivaled networking and education including:

  • Executives
  • Title agents
  • Underwriters
  • Attorneys
  • Settlement services providers
  • Real estate agents
  • Mortgage lenders
  • Compliance officers
  • Technology solution providers
  • Regulators
  • Sales and marketing managers
  • Operations officers

What is NS3?

NS3 brings together more than 700 professionals from across the country for an educational experience unlike any other. For three days a roster of expert speakers and noted industry veterans share their experience with their partners across the real estate transaction.

Attendees return year after year to earn CE/CLE credits, learn about the latest strategies to advance their businesses and to stay current on regulatory developments. NS3 2021 will continue to offer numerous networking events all included in the price of registration!

Cloudstar looks forward to meeting with many of our customers, colleagues, and industry friends; we wish everyone safe travels!

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Cloudstar To Sponsor 2021 Texas Land Title Association Conference

Cloudstar, a proud member of the TLTA,  is pleased to announce that we will be sponsoring and exhibiting at the 2021 Texas Land Title Association Annual Conference and Business Meeting.  The conference will be held this year at the Kalahari Resort at Round Rock from August 9-11, 2021 with the following agenda:

SUNDAY, AUGUST 8

Early Conference Registration
TAPS/KEGS Dinners (by invitation only)

Monday, August 9

Bert Massey Classic Golf Tournament and TLTAPAC Fundraiser (Offsite – Forest Creek Golf Club)
Sponsor Exhibits Open
Opening General and Educational Sessions
Opening Night Reception

Tuesday, August 10

Sponsor Exhibits Open
Terry Grantham Memorial TLTAPAC Breakfast and Annual Meeting
General Session and Business Meeting
Educational Sessions
Agent and Underwriter Meetings
President’s Evening and Live TLTAPAC Auction

Wednesday, August 11

Closing Session and Breakfast Benefiting TLTAPAC

 

If you would like to schedule time to meet with our team, please call us at 800-340-5780, or contact us by clicking HERE.

We look forward to meeting with our many Texas based customers, industry colleagues, and friends and wish everyone safe travels!

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Cloudstar Providing Free Migrations Away From Microsoft Azure

Cloudstar is pleased to announce free cloud migrations for companies currently using Microsoft Azure Cloud services.  The migration service is in response to feedback wherein Microsoft Azure customers have been growing increasingly dissatisfied with various aspects of the Microsoft Cloud specifically in the areas of unpredictable billing caused by automated resources on demand, and questionable performance during peak work hours due to Azure being a “public cloud”.

Under the new program, Cloudstar is willing to move current Microsoft Azure customers into a dedicated private cloud environment with unlimited resources and billed at a flat rate per user.  This model addresses two of the loudest concerns while ensuring customers are hosted in an environment with a smaller cyber-attack footprint.

The same program is also available for users of the popular Office 365 system, Microsoft’s hosted email platform.  Microsoft O365 as it’s sometimes called has grow in popularity due to its low cost pricing and ease of use, but hackers have also taken notice making it one of the most heavily targeted systems for hacking, email phishing, and business email compromise.

If you’re interested in your own private servers, with flat rate pricing, please contact Cloudstar at 800-340-5780 or contact us online by clicking HERE

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Cloudstar Promotes Chris Cury to President

JACKSONVILLE, FL –April 8, 2021–

Cloudstar, a leading provider of cloud computing, cyber-security, and technology consulting services, today announced that Christopher J. Cury will assume the role of President, effective April 8, 2021. This responsibility is in addition to his existing duties as EVP of Sales & Customer Service.

As President, Mr. Cury will be responsible for the strategic leadership of Cloudstar, including the management of sales, compliance and operations.

“Christopher has played an important role in the expansion and diversification of our business,” said Gregory G. McDonald, Chairman of the Board. “He has a deep understanding of delivering cloud services and security products to our client base consisting of highly regulated industries, and has demonstrated exceptional leadership and customer service. Both our company and our customers will benefit from his wisdom, experience and guidance as we continue to expand into new markets through organic growth and strategic acquisition”.

“Under his leadership, Cloudstar has consistently gained market share, enjoying an average of 42% year over year gains to bottom-line revenue,” said Cheryl Swopes, CFO.

Mr. Cury succeeds Gregory G. McDonald who founded Cloudstar and who served as President and CEO for the past 12 years.  As majority shareholder, Mr. McDonald will continue to serve the company in a senior advisory capacity and as Chairman of the Board.

Mr. Cury joined Cloudstar in 2015 and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Salve Regina University.

 

About Cloudstar

Founded in 2009, Cloudstar is an emerging leader in financial services technology, with a focus on mortgage origination, title insurance, real estate, consumer banking, law, risk & compliance, and business technology consulting.

Our Core services include managed colocation, public & private cloud, containerization, cyber-security, SIEM / SOC, IT resiliency, telecommunications, application integration, and industry specific business and workflow consulting for regulated industries.

 

For additional information, please visit: www.MyCloudstar.com

CONTACT:  Greg Petrow

Director of Operations

(800) 340-5780

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SoftPro, RamQuest, ResWare & TSS Cloud Customers to Receive Free 2FA Trial

Cloudstar is pleased to extend a free trial offer to all new and existing SoftPro, RamQuest, ResWare and Title Express Cloud customers.  The trial provides 30 days of our integrated Citrix Netscaler Secure Gateway multi-factor authentication solution to help our customers further secure their hosted cloud environments.

The two factor, or multi-factor solution is based on a rolling, one time use pass code which is entered, in combination with the user’s password, to authenticate the user into the secure hosted SoftPro, RamQuest, ResWare or TSS Cloud environment.  Multi-factor authentication enhances security, and helps meet certain regulatory compliance requirements.

Cloudstar supports both physical hardware tokens which can be branded with the customers logo, in addition to PIN protected physical tokens.  For ease of use, Cloudstar also supports a wide variety of soft tokens such as Google Authenticator.

For additional information, please contact your sales representative, or call 800-340-5780 and dial option 1 for sales or visit our identity and authentication page HERE.

 

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DDoS Protection Enhancements Deployed In Select Data Centers

Isolate Malicious Traffic. Protect Infrastructure Performance.

Cloudstar DDoS protection guards against volumetric, protocol, and application attacks through a numbers of methods. Until now, this protection was only available at select datacenters though our 100% managed offering at DDoS protection levels up to 15GB. Cloudstar is pleased to announce the addition of private, client managed, or private Cloudstar managed F5 appliances at all Cloudstar data centers.  With the combination of DDoS Monitoring and DDoS Mitigation, customers will not only be aware of any attacks, Cloudstar will automatically commence DDoS mitigation within 30 minutes or sooner of an attack.

Key financial benefits include low monthly rental, with no CAPEX requirements, no equipment purchase, maintenance or upgrade charges.  Cloudstar also offers in-house financing for those looking to purchase private dedicated hardware.

For organizations looking to mitigate prior to the edge, and at higher levels, carrier-based BGP flowspec DDoS mitigation is also available through select Internet Services Providers.

For additional information about Cloudstar DDoS protection, please click HERE.

 

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Cloudstar Adds Two Additional Failover Data Centers

Jacksonville, FL March 17 2021 – Cloudstar is pleased to announce the addition of two additional data centers for the purpose of providing real-time fail-over options to its customers.  The data centers, located in both Phoenix, Arizona and Atlanta, Georgia were selected for their geographic locations, and proximity to high speed fiber routes.

Cloudstar, a Zerto Service Provider (ZSP), offers customers the ability to replicate files, virtual machines, and workloads in real time.  In the event of a service disruption, the customer’s entire server infrastructure can be instantly transferred to an backup data center facility in minutes, with near zero data loss said Gregory McDonald, CEO of Cloudstar.

Because Zerto is a continuous data protection (CDP) solution which continuously journals all changes, customers can restore an entire environment to virtually any point in time – instantly.  Customers now enjoy the flexibility to choose their backup data center location from any of the following six states – California, Arizona, Georgia, Colorado, Florida, and New Jersey.

“Working hand-in-hand with our customers to develop a comprehensive cyber-security & disaster recovery plan to meet or exceed regulatory guidelines is what we do best.” said Christopher Cury, EVP of Customer Experience.  “The more our customers view the relationship as a partnership, or an extension of their team, the better the results”.

While nobody wants to think about downtime, ransomware, regional Internet outages, DDoS attacks, data corruption and state sponsored cyber-crime remain the top reasons for unplanned downtime. Cloudstar remains committed to helping its customers embrace these challenges and plan for the unexpected.

About Cloudstar

Cloudstar is an emerging leader in financial services technology, with a focus on mortgage origination, title insurance, real estate, consumer banking, law, risk & compliance, consulting and outsourcing solutions. Through the breadth of our solutions portfolio, and our subsidiary companies MortgagePhish, Cloud Bunny & Teletonix Communications, Cloudstar delivers a wide variety of solutions to thousands of customers located throughout the United States and emerging global markets.

Our Core services include colocation, public & private cloud, containerization, virtualization, cyber security, SIEM, IT resiliency, telecommunications, application integration, industry specific business development and workflow consulting.

Cloudstar continually strives to make customer service our number one focus being mindful that our success depends on the success of our customers. We take information security very seriously, never losing sight of our obligations to protect and secure the confidential assets of our clients and their customers.

Partner with Cloudstar to take your organization to the next level.

www.MyCloudstar.com

 

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Roland DuBeau Named President of MortgagePhish

JACKSONVILLE – Marth 3rd, 2021.  MortgagePhish, a leader in wire fraud prevention through simulated phishing attacks and security awareness training, today announced the promotion of Roland DuBeau from Senior Vice President to President. Roland joined Cloudstar, the parent company of MortgagePhish, in November 2016 and served as the company’s director of product development and compliance.

“During his time with MortgagePhish, Roland’s contributions have been invaluable to not only creating the technology behind the email phishing platform, but also creating the online dashboard that helps employers track the progress of their staff by seeing who in their company accidentally clicks on phishing emails, then track who has received the subsequent online security awareness training.” said Gregory McDonald, founder of MortgagePhish.

“Since joining MortgagePhish, I have been fortunate to work with outstanding teams throughout the organization” said DuBeau. “Our number one goal is to protect title companies and home buyers against the devastating effects of theft and fraud – it’s our passion and we sleep better at night knowing we’ve made a difference”.

As President, DuBeau oversees national operations including, product execution, security awareness training, regulatory compliance, and industry relations. He fosters a culture of excellence among MortgagePhish employees by identifying top-tier talent and prioritizing employee engagement. In addition, his role includes ensuring the company’s technology stays one step ahead of the latest cyber security threats to meet the objective of training customers.

About MortgagePhish

MortgagePhish is a fully-managed system built specifically to train land title, real estate and mortgage professionals to combat the latest wire fraud and cyber security threats by providing a “safe learning environment” where employees can experience what a real phishing attack would feel like.

MortgagePhish empowers employers to test whether their employees are familiar with the dangers of the Internet by sending industry specific simulated attack emails, text messages, or USB thumb drive drops, testing outcomes, and educating pursuant to the results.
Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, MortgagePhish is a subsidiary of Cloudstar, a leading financial services and mortgage technology provider.

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Cloudstar Launches Mortgage & Fintech Consulting Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 8th 2021 – Jacksonville FL.  Cloudstar is pleased to announce the launch of a new mortgage and fintech consulting department.  The department is bridging the gap between mortgage operations and technology delivering both management consulting and technology services to all aspects of the mortgage industry.

Services include process optimization, LOS support and selection, business intelligence, operational consulting, cyber-security, on-site and remote training, and regulatory compliance & advisory services along with custom RESTful API development with advanced systems integrations.

“Our goal is to service the entire Industry said Gregory McDonald, CEO of Cloudstar, which includes working with Wholesale & Retail lenders, in addition to brokers, to deliver solutions for Loan Origination, Distressed Asset Management, Default Tracking and REO Properties. And because of our already large industry presence in banking and land title, we are uniquely positioned to provide additional insight and value.”

About Cloudstar

Cloudstar is an emerging leader in financial services technology, with a focus on mortgage origination, title insurance, real estate, consumer banking, law, risk & compliance, consulting and outsourcing solutions. Through the breadth of our solutions portfolio, and our subsidiary companies MortgagePhish, Cloud Bunny & Teletonix Communications, Cloudstar delivers a wide variety of solutions to thousands of customers located throughout the United States and emerging global markets.

Core services include colocation, public & private cloud, containerization, virtualization, cyber security, SIEM, IT resiliency, telecommunications, application integration, industry specific business development and workflow consulting.

Cloudstar continually strives to make customer service our number one focus being mindful that our success depends on the success of our customers. We take information security very seriously, never losing sight of our obligations to protect and secure the confidential assets of our clients and their customers.

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Note: If you would like to learn more, please visit our mortgage & fintech consulting page which can be viewed HERE

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Phishing: These are the most common techniques used to attack your PC

Microsoft Office macros, PowerShell and more are still proving to be popular with cyber criminals distributing attacks via phishing emails, warn researchers after analyzing billions of attacks.

Creating malicious Office macros is still the most common attack technique deployed by cyber criminals looking to compromise PCs after they’ve tricked victims into opening phishing emails.

Phishing emails are the first stage in the attack for the majority of cyber intrusions, with cyber criminals using psychological tricks to convince potential victims to open and interact with malicious messages.

These can include creating emails that claim to come from well-known brands, fake invoices, or even messages that claim to come from your boss.

There are number of methods that cyber criminals can exploit in order to use phishing emails to gain the access they require and, according to researchers at cybersecurity company Proofpoint, Office macros are the most common means of achieving this.

Macros are a function of Microsoft Office that allow users to enable automated commands to help run tasks. However, the feature is also abused by cyber criminals. As macros are often enabled by default to run commands, these can be used to execute malicious code – and thus provide cyber criminals with a sneaky way to gain control of a PC.

Many of these campaigns will use social engineering to encourage the victim to enable macros by claiming the functionality is needed in order to view a Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel attachment. It’s proving a successful method of attack for cyber criminals, with Office macros accounting for almost one in 10 attacks by volume.

But Office macros are far from the only attack technique that cyber criminals are commonly adopting in order to make hacking campaigns as successful as possible.

Sandbox evasion is the second most common attack technique used by criminals distributing phishing emails.

This is when the developers of malware build-in threat detection that stops the malware from running – effectively hiding it – if there’s a suspicion that the malware is running on a virtual machine or sinkhole set up by security researchers. The aim is to stop analysts from being able to examine the attack – and, therefore, being able to protect other systems against it.

PowerShell is also still regularly abused by attackers as a means of gaining access to networks after getting an initial foothold following a phishing email. Unlike attacks involving macros, these often rely on sending the victim to click a link with code to execute PowerShell. The attacks are often difficult to detect because they’re using a legitimate Windows function, which is why PowerShell remains popular with attackers.

Other common attack techniques used to make phishing emails more successful include redirecting users to websites laced with malicious HTML code that will drop malware onto the victim’s PC when they visit, while attackers are also known to simply hijack email threads, exploiting how victims will trust a known contact and abusing that trust for malicious purposes, such as sending malware or requesting login credentials.

The data on the most common attack techniques has been drawn from campaigns targeting Proofpoint customers and the analysis of billions of emails.

Train users to spot and report malicious email. Regular training and simulated attacks can stop many attacks and help identify people who are especially vulnerable.

Stop phishing today: Learn more at www.MortgagePhish.com – a Cloudstar company.

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