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On September 7, 2017, Equifax, one of the three main credit reporting agencies, announced a massive data security breach that, according to the Wall Street Jurnal, exposed vital personal identification data — including names, addresses, birth dates, and Social Security numbers — on as many as 143 million consumers, roughly 55% of Americans age 18 and older.

This data breach was especially egregious because the company reportedly first learned of the breach on July 29 and waited roughly six weeks before making it public (hackers first gained access between mid-May and July) and three senior Equifax executives reportedly sold shares of the company worth nearly $2 million before the breach was announced.

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On April 27th, we hosted a webinar for CFOs and Controllers of independent mortgage lenders on the 2015 financial and operating results and metrics from our Richey May Select Benchmarking program. Tyler House, Advisory Manager, provided an in-depth analysis of key production metrics, gross loan margins, pre-tax earnings, and expenses. Click here to view the webinar.

Read more: CFO/Controller Webinar: 2015 Independent Mortgage Lender Metrics

Contact: Stephen Vlasak, Richey May (Colorado, USA)

Earlier this year, the SEC announced its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations’ (OCIE) 2016 priorities. Hedge fund and mutual fund managers, private equity firms and broker-dealers should pay particular attention to these priorities when evaluating their own compliance programs in the coming year. Specific areas in which the OCIE intends to focus their examinations include:

Read more: 2016 SEC Examination Priorities

On December 17, 2015, Richey May (Colorado, USA) hosted a webinar for CFOs and controllers of independent mortgage banking companies on the most cost-effective and value added cybersecurity processes and best practices for the mortgage industry. Our guest presenters for this webinar were Auzzie Brown and Jordan Brown, Managing Partners with RedWolf Cybersecurity. Included in the discussion were how to establish and sustain a cybersecurity program to protect your customers and your reputation; the business value of engaging in cybersecurity best practices; and the future state of regulating cybersecurity in the mortgage industry.

For more information on RedWolf Cybersecurity, please visit their website at