While the number of breaches in 2019 increased, the number of sensitive records exposed decreased

SAN DIEGO, January 28, 2020 – Today, the Identity Theft Resource Center®, a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity crime, released its annual End-of-Year Data Breach Report for 2019 with the support of the report’s long-time sponsor CyberScout®, a global leader in identity theft resolution, data defense and employee benefits services.

According to the report, the number of U.S. data breaches tracked in 2019 (1,473) increased 17 percent from the total number of breaches reported in 2018 (1,257). However, 2019 saw 164,683,455 sensitive records exposed, a 65 percent decrease from 2018 (471,225,862). The 2018 Marriott data breach exposed 383 million records alone, significantly skewing the data.

Download the report here: https://www.idtheftcenter.org/2019-data-breaches/

 “The increase in the number of data breaches during 2019, while not surprising, is a serious issue,” said Eva Velasquez, president and CEO of the Identity Theft Resource Center. “It would appear that 2018 was an anomaly in how many data breaches were reported and the number of records exposed. The 2019 reporting year sees a return to the pattern of the ever-increasing number of breaches and volume of records exposed. Because that means more consumers are becoming victims, the ITRC will continue to help them by providing guidance on the best ways to navigate the dangers of exposed personally identifiable information (PII) from a data breach and the risks of identity crime as a result.”

“This year’s report paints a mixed view of the landscape as we continue to work with businesses and consumers alike to thwart cyber criminals and contain their damage,” said Matt Cullina, CyberScout’s EVP of Strategic Partnerships and Managing Director of Global Markets; and Board Chair of the Identity Theft Resource Center. “The overall increase in breaches is certainly concerning. However, the extraordinary drop in the number of records exposed and the incredible feat of cutting the sensitive PII exposed by two thirds, indicates that we may be moving in a good direction with regards to the extent of the damage associated with breaches. Businesses and consumers need to continue to be vigilant in protecting data and systems, ensuring they have current protections in place, because even non-sensitive data exposure can lead to more serious issues.”

Another critical finding was that “hacking” was responsible for the highest percentage of data breaches (39 percent) and the highest number of non-sensitive records exposed (81 percent). “Unauthorized access” was the second most common breach method identified with nearly the same percentage as hacking at 36.5 percent. Unauthorized access continued to be a catch-all category with little transparency on the actual method of intrusion throughout 2019.

For the second straight year, the business sector had the most data breaches (644), while the medical/healthcare sector had the second most (525). The government/military sector had the fewest amount of breaches in 2019 at 83.

The ITRC has also now tracked over 10,000 publicly-notified data breaches since 2005, hitting that milestone in the spring of 2019.

For anyone that has been a victim of a data breach, the ITRC recommends downloading its free app to manage the various aspects of an individual’s data breach case.

Consumers and victims can receive free support and guidance from a knowledgeable live-advisor by calling 888.400.5530 or visiting www.idtheftcenter.org to live-chat.

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About the Identity Theft Resource Center

Founded in 1999, the Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC) is a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft in resolving their cases, and to broaden public education and awareness in the understanding of identity theft, data breaches, cybersecurity, scams/fraud and privacy issues. Through public and private support, the ITRC provides no-cost victim assistance and consumer education through its contact center, website, social media channels, live chat feature and ID Theft Help app. For more information, visit: http://www.idtheftcenter.org

Identity Theft Resource Center
Charity Lacey
VP of Communications
O: 858-634-6390
C: 619-368-4373
clacey@idtheftcenter.org

About CyberScout

Since 2003, CyberScout® has set the standard for full-spectrum identity, privacy and data security services, offering proactive protection, employee benefits, education, resolution, identity management and consulting as well as breach preparedness and response programs. CyberScout products and services are offered globally by 660 client partners to more than 17.5 million households worldwide, and CyberScout is the designated identity theft services provider for more than 750,000 businesses through cyber insurance policies. CyberScout combines extensive experience with high-touch service to help individuals, government, nonprofit and commercial clients minimize risk and maximize recovery.

CyberScout
Heather McLaughlin
media@cyberscout.com

The ITRC reflects on its 20th anniversary, envisioning what the future holds for identity crime victims

SAN DIEGO, December 19, 2019 – Today, the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity crime, proudly announced its 20th anniversary. Over the ITRC’s twenty-year history, the organization has grown from the vision of a single person, a victim of identity theft who wanted to help others, into a collaborative movement engaged with consumers, victims, business and government stakeholders to make changes for victims.

“I feel an extraordinary sense of pride and accomplishment when I look in the rearview mirror at the progress the ITRC has made in bringing awareness to victim assistance and consumer protection, and acknowledging the impact and trauma victims of economic crime experience,” said Eva Velasquez, president and CEO of the Identity Theft Resource Center. “More policy and decision makers acknowledge the economic and social importance of serving the vastly underserved population of identity crime and cybercrime victims as a result of our efforts.”

While the ITRC is proud of what it has accomplished, the organization is focused on what lies ahead. Fraud losses are currently in excess of hundreds of millions of dollars per year. As long as fraudsters continue to attack cyber infrastructures, the ITRC will continue to assist everyone who is caught up by those outcomes. The ITRC will hold the hands of victims as they seek resolution. The organization will continue to leverage technology to assist victims and consumers, as well as be the voice of clarity in a space full of conflicting and confusing information.

As 2019 wraps up and we head into 2020, the ITRC looks to all of the stakeholders – consumers, businesses and government – to support it as it looks to create impactful, sustainable changes that will minimize the impacts and mitigate the harm of identity crime.

To learn more about the Identity Theft Resource Center, visit www.idtheftcenter.org.

About the Identity Theft Resource Center

Founded in 1999, the Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC) is a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft in resolving their cases, and to broaden public education and awareness in the understanding of identity theft, data breaches, cybersecurity, scams/fraud and privacy issues. Through public and private support, the ITRC provides no-cost victim assistance and consumer education through its call center, website, social media channels, live chat feature and ID Theft Help app. For more information, visit: http://www.idtheftcenter.org

Contact: Charity Lacey, VP of Communications

CLacey@idtheftcenter.org

O: 858-634-6390

James E. Lee named the Chief Operating Officer and Kim Allman added to the Board of Directors

SAN DIEGO, October 10, 2019 – The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity crime, is pleased to announce that James E. Lee was brought on as its Chief Operating Officer. Lee is an independent consultant and the former EVP, CMO and Director of Waratek, an Irish application security company. Lee also served as Senior Vice President for Consumer & Public Affairs as well as Chief Marketing Officer for Atlanta-based data pioneer Choicepoint and Global Public Affairs and Communication Executive at International Paper Company. Lee is a long-time ITRC supporter and has served as the Board of Directors Chair in the past.

“I am thrilled to have James join our team in a new capacity,” said Eva Velasquez, president and CEO of the Identity Theft Resource Center. “We are eager for James to bring his vast expertise to the organization, allowing us to strengthen our capabilities and continue to strive towards our mission to educate and empower all of the stakeholders about identity and cybercrime issues.”

The ITRC has also announced Kim Allman was elected to its Board of Directors. Allman is the Director of Government Affairs for Symantec and joined their team following the acquisition of LifeLock. She leads efforts on privacy and consumer cyber safety. Allman is a veteran of Capitol Hill and the state capitols and served six years in the Obama Administration leading government affairs efforts for the Corporation National and Community Service. In addition, Allman ran the national state legislative programs for the Recording Association of America (RIAA) and TechAmerica. She was also the PAC director and Government Affairs Manager for MCIWorldCom’s Southeast Region and Press Secretary for Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.

“I am pleased to welcome Kim to our board and look forward to working with her on how to best advocate for the victims of identity and cybercrime with key business and legislative stakeholders,” Velasquez said. “Her experience and skills will strengthen our capabilities and understanding as we continue towards our mission of assisting victims of identity and cybercrime with remediating their cases.”

As part of leading the organization’s growth with their Board of Director’s service, both Paul Bond and Susan Grant have come to the end of their second consecutive terms. The executive team wishes to thank Bond and Grant for their leadership and commitment to the mission.

During Bond’s two terms on the board, he brought his skills in the legal areas of data security, privacy and artificial intelligence to the forefront in guiding the ITRC. Bond is a partner at Holland & Knight LLP and a Privacy Law Essentials for Corporate Counsel Teacher at Rutgers Law School. During Grant’s two terms on the board, she brought her knowledge on consumer protection and consumer advocacy to the organization’s victim-centered voice. Grant is the director of Consumer Protection for the Consumer Federation of America.

To see a full list of the Board of Directors, click here.

About the Identity Theft Resource Center®

Founded in 1999, the Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC) is a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft in resolving their cases, and to broaden public education and awareness in the understanding of identity theft, data breaches, cybersecurity, scams/fraud, and privacy issues. Through public and private support, ITRC provides no-cost victim assistance and consumer education through its call center, website, social media channels, live chat feature and ID Theft Help app. For more information, visit: http://www.idtheftcenter.org

Identity Theft Resource Center
Charity Lacey
VP of Communications
O: 858-634-6390
clacey@idtheftcenter.org

ITRC joins far-reaching initiative to promote the awareness of online safety and privacy

SAN DIEGO, October 1, 2019 – Today, the Identity Theft Resource Center announced its participation in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, held annually during the month of October. ITRC is a NCSAM Champion and joins a growing global effort to promote the awareness of online safety and privacy. NCSAM is a collaborative effort among businesses, government agencies, colleges and universities, associations, nonprofit organizations and individuals committed to this year’s NCSAM theme of ‘Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.’ which encourages everyone to #BeCyberSmart through cybersecurity best practices.

“Cybersecurity is an issue that affects the online safety and privacy of every consumer,” said Eva Velasquez, president and CEO of the Identity Theft Resource Center. “The Identity Theft Resource Center is committed to encouraging proactive online behavior and empowers consumers to prioritize their own cybersecurity as part of maintaining a healthy identity hygiene. We are honored to be a part of NCSAM this year.”

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Conference

This year, the ITRC will be a panelist as part of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Conference on October 2nd in Washington D.C. discussing solutions and best practices for the financial services practitioners for how to manage identity theft victims in their practice.

Texas State University – Identity Theft 101 & Hands-On Privacy Workshops

On October 9th at Texas State University, the ITRC will present its Identity Theft 101 & Hands-On Privacy workshops giving students, faculty and staff some general identity theft how-tos including covering what is identity theft and how to reduce the risk of becoming a victim. The Hands-on Privacy workshop will also cover privacy best practices for mobile devices, when installing apps and when engaging on social media platforms.

ABA Financial Fraud Prevention, Strategy and Investigation Conference

On October 16th-18th, ITRC CEO Eva Velasquez will share case studies of how the ITRC has partnered with financial institutions that integrate their services to help customers affected by identity theft at the ABA Financial Fraud Prevention, Strategy and Investigation Conference.

Symantec Webinar – National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Protect It

On October 16th, Velasquez will also co-host a webinar with Symantec sharing the top tips for keeping your data secure.

Better Identity Coalition – 2019 Policy Forum

ITRC will then co-host the Better Identity Coalition 2019 Policy Forum alongside the FIDO Alliance and National Cyber Security Alliance around the theme of “Identity, Authentication and the Road Ahead: A Cybersecurity Policy Forum.”

ITRC and Generali General Assistance will provide a first look at the upcoming report on the generational perspectives on identity protection before its full release later in October. Register to livestream the event here.

Now in its 16th year, NCSAM continues to build momentum and impact with the ultimate goal of providing all Americans with the information they need to stay safe and more secure online. ITRC is proud to support this effort to educate consumers on their online safety awareness which is co-led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

For more information about NCSAM 2019 and how to participate in a wide variety of activities, visit staysafeonline.org/ncsam. You can also follow and use the official NCSAM hashtag #BeCyberSmart on social media throughout the month.

About the Identity Theft Resource Center®

Founded in 1999, the Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC) is a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft in resolving their cases, and to broaden public education and awareness in the understanding of identity theft, data breaches, cybersecurity, scams/fraud, and privacy issues. Through public and private support, ITRC provides no-cost victim assistance and consumer education through its call center, website, social media channels, live chat feature and ID Theft Help app. For more information, visit: http://www.idtheftcenter.org

Identity Theft Resource Center
Charity Lacey
VP of Communications
O: 858-634-6390
clacey@idtheftcenter.org

Identity crime victim assistance non-profit to discuss the real impact of the settlement to consumers

SAN DIEGO, September 5 – Yahoo, Inc. announced claim forms are now available for the settlement multiple data breach incidents which occurred between 2012 through 2016 and resulted in over 3 billion user account credentials being compromised. While the settlement has not yet been finalized by the Court, the proposed settlement claim form allows consumers to file to be included in the settlement fund.

Morgan and Morgan, court-appointed “Class Counsel”, announced in a press release that claims form for possible settlement class members were available. In a move that would appear to address the challenges previously faced for those impacted by Equifax Settlement claim, the form states that “To the extent all such amounts exceed $117.5 million, then the amount of each claim for Alternative Compensation, Out-of-Pocket Costs, and for fees paid by Paid Users and Small Business Users will be reduced proportionally (by a percentage) until the total payments exhaust the Settlement Fund” – a sign that claims will be reviewed and may be variable based on the number of claims submitted.

“When we looked at the Equifax settlement process, we predicted that consumers would bear the brunt of the burden of proof moving forward,” said Eva Velasquez, president and CEO of the Identity Theft Resource Center. “We counsel victims that they document all of the steps they take as part of their remediation process, but now data breach victims will have to provide physical proof to see redress in settlements.”

As the leader in victim assistance in identity crime cases, the Identity Theft Resource Center is available to provide expert perspective on the potential impacts to consumers and the relevance of this announcement for those impacted by the 2012-2016 breaches. With over 3 million consumers receiving assistance through ITRC’s website, Live Chat, mobile app or call-center advisors since its founding, executives from the organization were on the frontlines of the how victims are impacted by identity crimes – including data breaches. The ITRC’s ID Theft Help App has been lauded as the go-to tool for documenting a victim’s process for remediating any potential data breach impacts by CNBCNBC NationalCBS News and Consumer Reports, among others.

Additionally, victims stated in The AftermathTM: Equifax, One Year Later that they felt that companies that are responsible for housing their data aren’t taking their jobs as serious as they should. Other non-financial impacts around identity theft are explored in the annual AftermathTM report.

Members of the ITRC’s executive team are available for interview via local affiliate, Skype, phone or satellite studio.

About the Identity Theft Resource Center®

Founded in 1999, the Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC) is a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft in resolving their cases, and to broaden public education and awareness in the understanding of identity theft, data breaches, cybersecurity, scams/fraud, and privacy issues. Through public and private support, ITRC provides no-cost victim assistance and consumer education through its call center, website, social media channels, live chat feature and ID Theft Help app. For more information, visit: http://www.idtheftcenter.org

Identity Theft Resource Center
Charity Lacey
VP of Communications
O: 858-634-6390
clacey@idtheftcenter.org

ITRC Launches New Blog Series Looking At The Most Impactful Breaches Since 2005

SAN DIEGO, September 5 – For 20 years, the Identity Theft Resource Center, a nationally recognized non-profit established to support victims of identity theft, has worked to empower identity theft victims by providing support and guidance in resolving their cases and educating consumers on ways to minimize their risk of falling victim to identity theft. Since it started recording data breaches in 2005, ITRC has cataloged over 10,000 publicly-noticed breaches.

ITRC’s 2018 End-of-Year Data Breach Report, sponsored by CyberScout, revealed a 126 percent increase in exposed consumer data containing sensitive personally identifiable information (PII) and 1.68 billion consumer records containing non-sensitive PII. Despite fewer breach incidents in 2018 than 2017, there was more consumer data compromised. In its new series, 10,000 Breaches Later, the ITRC looks at what breaches created the most impact – to consumers, to industry professionals and how they changed infrastructure needs.

To bring awareness to the 10,000 data breaches benchmark, ITRC is providing a retrospective on the top breaches for consumers using Breach Clarity, a free tool for consumers impacted by data breaches to understand their risk; benchmark breaches that created systemic change and the most impactful breaches in areas such as the largest retail, business, medical, government, banking and education breaches as part of an eight-part blog series.

“The data we create, collect, store, use and disseminate is increasing at an exponential rate,” said Eva Velasquez, president and CEO of the Identity Theft Resource Center. “The 10,000-breach milestone is more than just a number; it represents a fundamental shift in how we engage with the world.  As important as it is to recognize that 10,000 breaches is an extraordinary number, it is equally important to realize that the unique data points number in the billions.  All stakeholders need to behave responsibly with data so we do not achieve the next milestone even more quickly, which we are on pace to do. Consumers must understand how much data they create themselves, and understand their individual risks in order to lessen the chances of self-compromise.  Businesses need to evaluate what they are collecting and storing, and be good stewards of that data. Government has an obligation to establish best practices frameworks, reasonable regulation and follow these protocols as well as enforce them.”

In 2018, the business sector had the largest amount of data breaches but the lowest rate of exposure per breach. The health care field had the second-largest amount of breaches and the highest rate of exposure per breach.

https://www.idtheftcenter.org/10000-data-breaches-blog-series/ 

About the Identity Theft Resource Center®

Founded in 1999, the Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC) is a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft in resolving their cases, and to broaden public education and awareness in the understanding of identity theft, data breaches, cybersecurity, scams/fraud, and privacy issues. Through public and private support, ITRC provides no-cost victim assistance and consumer education through its call center, website, social media channels, live chat feature and ID Theft Help app. For more information, visit: http://www.idtheftcenter.org

Identity Theft Resource Center
Charity Lacey
VP of Communications
O: 858-634-6390
clacey@idtheftcenter.org

Child Identity Theft Awareness Day reminds parents to protect their child’s most important asset

SAN DIEGO, August 29 – This Sunday, September 1, is Child Identity Theft Awareness Day. To mark the observance, the Identity Theft Resource Center has some suggestions for parents on how to protect their child’s most important assets – his/her personally identifiable information (PII). Too often, a child will not know he/she has been a victim of child identity theft until after turning 18-years-old and attempting to establish credit. In recent years, hackers have targeted kids’ PII to take advantage of clean credit that no one will be monitoring for years to come.

According to Javelin Strategy and Research’s 2018 Child Identity Fraud Study, there were more than one million reported cases of child identity theft in the U.S. in 2017, with most cases involving children under eight-years-old.

“Look for the warning signs that someone is using your child’s identity like an adult in the adult world,” said Eva Velasquez, president and CEO of the Identity Theft Resource Center. “This includes a credit card bill, jury summons, driver’s license renewal, bills for medical care or other purchases; collection calls or notices; and pre-approved credit card offers. Do not assume it is a mistake or clerical error. Do not ignore these red flags. You need to follow up on them right away.”

The same study from Javelin also found that in 60 percent of the cases, the child knew their identity thief. In contrast to adults, where only seven percent of victims knew their identity thief. According to www.ftc.gov/exploredata, so far in 2019, there have been 8,583 identity theft victims 19-years-old or younger, compared to 14,242 in all of 2018. A majority of those cases were employment or tax-related fraud.

Parents can request a credit report to look it over for suspicious activity. If the child is under 14-years-old, the adult must prove they have a right to access and see the information. ITRC also encourages parents to see if their children were affected by the Equifax data breach. If their information was exposed, read this article for steps on how to file a claim for a minor. For more information on how to address a case of child identity theft, visit our website.

If you believe that you, or your child, has been the victim of identity theft, please reach out to the ITRC for no-cost assistance in remediating your case. Consumers in need of help can call the toll-free number – 888.400.5530 – or visit the website www.idtheftcenter.org to Live Chat with an advisor. Live advisors are available Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST except holidays.

ITRC executives will be available for interviews on this topic Friday, August 30, and Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

About the Identity Theft Resource Center®

Founded in 1999, the Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC) is a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft in resolving their cases, and to broaden public education and awareness in the understanding of identity theft, data breaches, cybersecurity, scams/fraud, and privacy issues. Through public and private support, ITRC provides no-cost victim assistance and consumer education through its call center, website, social media channels, live chat feature and ID Theft Help app. For more information, visit: http://www.idtheftcenter.org

Identity Theft Resource Center
Charity Lacey
VP of Communications
O: 858-634-6390
clacey@idtheftcenter.org

Identity Theft Resource Center is Available for Subject Matter Interviews

Today, the Federal Trade Commission and Equifax announced a settlement in the 2017 data breach that resulted in 148 million U.S. consumer identity credentials being compromised.

As the leader in victim assistance in identity crime cases, the Identity Theft Resource Center is available to provide expert perspective on the potential impacts to consumers and the relevance of today’s announcement for those impacted by the 2017 breach. With over 100,000 consumers seeking advice from ITRC in the days after the initial incident, executives from the organization were on the frontlines of the initial aftermath.

Additionally, ITRC produced a report on the impacts the consumers felt over the course of the year after the event. The AftermathTM: Equifax, One Year Later states the 81 percent of respondents experience anxiety or worry as a result of the event.

Members of the ITRC’s executive team are available for interview via local affiliate, Skype, phone or satellite studio.

Read our guide on How to File an Equifax Claim for Data Breach Settlement

About the Identity Theft Resource Center®

Founded in 1999, the Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC) is a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft in resolving their cases, and to broaden public education and awareness in the understanding of identity theft, data breaches, cybersecurity, scams/fraud, and privacy issues. Through public and private support, ITRC provides no-cost victim assistance and consumer education through its call center, website, social media channels, live chat feature and ID Theft Help app. For more information, visit: http://www.idtheftcenter.org

Identity Theft Resource Center
Charity Lacey
VP of Communications
O: 858-634-6390
C: 619-368-4373
clacey@idtheftcenter.org

Identity Theft Resource Center and Futurion unveil a new tool Breach Clarity for consumers impacted by data breaches 

LAS VEGAS, Mar 24, 2019 ­­– Today, the Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC), a national non-profit organization established to support victims of identity crime, and Futurion announced during the KNOW 2019 conference the launch of a new tool to empower victims of data breaches in decoding what breach notification means to them and how they can minimize the risk of identity theft and fraud. The ITRC, along with the tool’s creator Jim Van Dyke, announced Breach ClarityTM. Breach Clarity is the secret decoder that will allow consumers to decipher data breach risks, prioritize the right minimization actions and access ITRC advisors for additional help. Breach Clarity is a no-cost, online tool for consumers, meant to crack the often muddled and incomplete information that follows breach notification.

Consumers can utilize the tool at www.idtheftcenter.org/BreachClarity and begin decoding the effect of any data breach on their identity safety. Breach Clarity uses a proprietary algorithm to give a data breach a risk score based on unique variables, like amount and type of information exposed. The higher the risk score for a specific breach, the more negative consequences that breach can potentially have for an individual. Breach Clarity also unlocks the top potential harms and recommended action steps for a victim of each breach, eliminating confusion in a time-is-of-the-essence period for victims. Finally, the tool provides resources for consumers like risk minimization plans from ITRC for data breach and next steps toward remediation.

The most frequently asked question ITRC receives when assisting victims of data breach is, “But what does this actually mean to me?” The national non-profit strives to better assist and educate victims in determining if they should be worried and how the breach can affect them. Breach Clarity gives consumers the power to decode the harms of a data breach. After receiving a notification letter or getting information from a credible third-party like media sources, websites that provide security

information and other sources, a victim can enter the name of the breach they were affected by to decode what that breach means to his or her safety.

“Victims deserve answers, not vague language that covers up the true meaning of data breaches,” says president and CEO of ITRC Eva Velasquez. “We are thankful to have partners, like Jim Van Dyke, who are working to change the industry and bring clarity to victims. Breach Clarity is the first step toward empowering data breach victims and changing the scope of the industry.”

The Breach Clarity algorithm runs on the backbone of ITRC’s proprietary database of publicly available and notified breaches. Since data breaches – and fraud methods around them – often change quickly, Breach Clarity is a dynamic, evolving tool that updates as new information becomes available regarding breaches and fraud mechanisms.

“I’m delighted to work with the ITRC because we share a passion for protecting consumers,” says Jim Van Dyke, inventor of Breach Clarity. “In contrast with some who blame victims as being ‘apathetic’ or even ‘dumb’ when it comes to security, Breach Clarity is designed to empower every identity holder with the facts and help they need to minimize the risk of a data compromise leading to identity theft.”

Shortly following the launch of Breach Clarity, ITRC and Van Dyke will jointly offer webinars on how to use the tool and address questions from the public. Sign up for the first webinar about Breach Clarity at idtheft.center/BreachClarity. For financial institutions and employers, a premium version of Breach Clarity will be created to provide advanced capabilities such as an expanded list of risks and action steps for the consumer, integrated results from multiple breaches and methods for integrating to digital finance systems that further empower the consumer after a breach.

Attendees of the KNOW 2019 conference can join Eva Velasquez, president and CEO of ITRC (booth #121), Jim Van Dyke, founder of Futurion and creator of Breach Clarity, and James Ruotolo, director of product management and product marketing for the Fraud and Security Intelligence division at SAS, for a covert event Monday March 25th, 7-9pm. Register here or visit ITRC’s booth (#121) for more information, space is limited as this is a first come, first serve event. Thanks to SAS for their support of ITRC and underwriting the KNOW 2019 networking event.

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About the Identity Theft Resource Center®

Founded in 1999, the Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC) is a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft in resolving their cases, and to broaden public education and awareness in the understanding of identity theft, data breaches, cybersecurity, scams/fraud, and privacy issues. Through public and private support, ITRC provides no-cost victim assistance and consumer education through its call center, website, social media channels, live chat feature and ID Theft Help app. For more information, visit: http://www.idtheftcenter.org

About Futurion and Breach ClarityTM

Futurion is a research-based consultancy focused on consumer identity, digital commerce and financial services. Futurion’s CEO Jim Van Dyke formerly founded and led Javelin Strategy & Research and has also held various product management and board positions. Breach Clarity was created based on research of consumer identity crime victims and interviews with experts on the front line of fraud prevention at financial institutions, government agencies, payments networks and more. Breach Clarity’s basic outputs are free to all consumers at www.BreachClarity.com, with an upcoming premium version being designed for consumers who log into their secure personal account at licensing financial institutions and employers.

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Identity Theft Resource Center
Charity Lacey
VP of Communications
O: 858-634-6390
C: 619-368-4373
clacey@idtheftcenter.org

SAN DIEGO – Jan 28, 2019 – The Identity Theft Resource Center®, a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity crime, and CyberScout®, a full-spectrum identity, privacy and data security services firm, released the 2018 End-of-Year Data Breach Report.

According to the report, the number of U.S. data breaches tracked in 2018 decreased from last year’s all-time high of 1,632 breaches by 23 percent (or 1,244 breaches), but the reported number of consumer records exposed containing sensitive personally identifiable information jumped 126 percent from the 197,612,748 records exposed in 2017 to 446,515,334 records this past year.

“The increased exposure of sensitive consumer data is serious,” said Eva Velasquez, president and CEO of the Identity Theft Resource Center. “Never has there been more information out there putting consumers in harm’s way. ITRC continues to help victims and consumers by providing guidance on the best ways to navigate the dangers of identity theft to which these exposures give rise.”

Another critical finding was the number of non-sensitive records compromised, not included in the above totals, an additional 1.68 billion exposed records. While email-related credentials are not considered sensitive personally identifiable information, a majority of consumers use the same username/email and password combinations across multiple platforms creating serious vulnerability.

“When it comes to cyber hygiene, email continues to be the Achilles Heel for the average consumer,” said CyberScout founder and chair, Adam Levin. “There are many strategies consumers can use to minimize their exposure, but the takeaway from this year’s report is clear: Breaches are the third certainty in life, and constant vigilance is the only solution.”
To download the 2018 End-of-Year Data Breach Report, visit: idtheftcenter.org/2018-end-of-year-data-breach-report/

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About the Identity Theft Resource Center:

Founded in 1999, the Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC) is a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft in resolving their cases, and to broaden public education and awareness in the understanding of identity theft, data breaches, cybersecurity, scams/fraud, and privacy issues. Through public and private support, the ITRC provides no-cost victim assistance and consumer education through its call center, website, social media channels, live chat feature and ID Theft Help. For more information, visit: http://www.idtheftcenter.org

About CyberScout:
Since 2003, CyberScout® has set the standard for full-spectrum identity, privacy and data security services, offering proactive protection, employee benefits, education, resolution, identity management and consulting as well as breach preparedness and response programs.

CyberScout products and services are offered globally by 660 client partners to more than 17.5 million households worldwide, and CyberScout is the designated identity theft services provider for more than 750,000 businesses through cyber insurance policies. CyberScout combines extensive experience with high-touch service to help individuals, government, nonprofit and commercial clients minimize risk and maximize recovery.

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Identity Theft Resource Center
Charity Lacey
VP of Communications
O: 858-634-6390
C: 619-368-4373
clacey@idtheftcenter.org

CyberScout
Lelani Clark
VP of Communications
O: 646-649-5766
C: 347-204-9297
lelani@adamlevin.com