SAN DIEGO, Calif. – October 17, 2016 – The Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC), a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft, today released its annual Identity Theft: The Aftermath 2016 report that explores the impact of identity theft victimization.

This victim impact survey asks victims of identity theft, who have previously contacted the ITRC for assistance, to share their identity theft case experience. This year’s report highlights the devastating financial burden victims often face in this situation and uncovered that 30 percent of those who reported criminal identity theft issues and 17 percent of the overall respondents found themselves in need of government assistance programs to overcome the financial impact.

“The Aftermath report continues to reveal the devastating emotional, financial and physical effects identity theft has on all aspects of a victim’s life. It highlights a fact the ITRC has long been aware of: This crime impacts not only the individual dealing with the crime, but families, communities and society as a whole,” said Eva Velasquez, Identity Theft Resource Center president and chief executive officer. “The knowledge gained from this report reiterates the importance of providing victims and the public at large with quick access to the necessary tools to begin the remediation process quickly, as well as information to help detect identity theft incidents at the onset of the crime.”

The survey responses provide a comprehensive picture of the true impact of this crime on its victims and confirms that identity theft creates more than just financial hardship for victims –it has the capacity to invade many other areas of their lives. It can negatively impact employment, housing, and even educational opportunities.  Many victims also reported the time spent resolving their cases replaced quality time spent with family, pursuing a hobby, or taking a vacation.

Key findings include:

Financial Impact: Of those who shared the additional impact of their identity theft experience, 35 percent of the survey respondents indicated it was necessary to borrow money, 25 percent had to sell possessions, and 23 percent reported moving or relocating.

Lost Opportunities: Respondents who reported criminal identity theft issues experienced a number of lost opportunities due to their victimization including missing work (55 percent), losing an employment opportunity (44 percent) and loss of residence or housing (31 percent).

The Effects of Online Account Takeovers: Nearly 1/5 of survey respondents reported significant repercussions when their online accounts were taken over, including job loss (24 percent) and reputational damage among friends (61 percent) and colleagues (31 percent).

The ITRC’s Identity Theft: The Aftermath 2016 report has been conducted intermittently since 2003. The ability to examine and report long-term trends due to the longevity of the study allows the ITRC to paint a picture of identity theft from the victim’s point of view, underscoring the ITRC’s mission as a victim-centric organization.

You can view the full report here.

The organizations want parents to have the knowledge to be able to choose a proper service for their child’s ID Kit without putting their child at additional risk for identity theft.

“An up-to-date photo of your child and a good description are crucial should your child ever go missing” says Ju’Riese Colon, Executive Director, Outreach & Prevention, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Colon adds that “A child ID kit is a simple yet effective tool help families easily store this information. For safety, we recommend that only a parent or guardian stores and has access to identifying information for their children.”

There are also for-profit companies that will provide this service. In this case, parents are often paying for convenience or expertise. This is a personal choice and parents should do their homework before engaging the services of a company. This is particularly important when dealing with very sensitive personal information. If a child’s school/daycare/afterschool program decide to use one of these third parties for Child ID Kit services, don’t assume that due diligence was done.

“It is important for parents to understand the best practices for retaining sensitive identifying information” warns Eva Casey Velasquez, President/CEO of the Identity Theft Resource Center. She continues that the ITRC “wants to help parents avoid creating additional vulnerabilities when their sole intent is to further protect their child from harm”

The two organizations have created a free fact sheet with information on this specific matter, including red flags for parents and guardians.

 

About the Identity Theft Resource Center

The Identity Theft Resource Center’s is a 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. ITRC’s expert Identity Theft Information Specialists are trained to provide one-on-one assistance for all types of identity theft. To speak with a Specialist, call 888-400-5530 or use the live chat feature on idtheftcenter.org.

ITRC Contact

Nikki Fiorentino

nikki@idtheftcenter.org

858-500-2068

 

About the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® opened in 1984 to serve as the nation’s clearinghouse on issues related to missing and sexually exploited children. Today NCMEC is authorized by Congress to perform 22 programs and services to assist law enforcement, families and the professionals who serve them. Contact NCMEC at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) or www.missingkids.org.

NCMEC Contact

Media Line

media@ncmec.org

703-837-6111

SAN DIEGO and LITTLE ROCK, Ark.June 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and First Orion today announced users of the PrivacyStar app and applications powered by the PrivacyStar service will have immediate and direct access to free victim assistance should a fraud or identity theft attempt occur.

PrivacyStar is the only service to include ScamBlock, real-time caller ID and call blocking as well as the ability to report abusive calls directly to federal agencies. By partnering with the ITRC, app users now have a second line of defense against fraud attempts.

“PrivacyStar will automatically block all known scammers and identify suspicious callers, but consumers also need a trusted resource to help ensure that they are able to protect their identity and personal information should they provide personal information to an unknown caller,” said Jonathan Sasse, CMO of First Orion. “PrivacyStar is the first and only service to directly connect users with a fraud expert who can offer free advice for protecting oneself, a step-by-step plan and the necessary documents and letters needed to report and resolve an identity theft case.”

The ITRC—a nonprofit that supports victims of identity theft in resolving their cases and broadens public awareness of scams, fraud and privacy issues—will be standing by to assist PrivacyStar users who may have inadvertently provided their personal information due to a fraud attempt by scam caller.

“Consumers who have just been scammed may be at an increased risk of identity theft,” said Eva Velasquez, President and CEO of ITRC. “They are often confused, scared and don’t know who to trust. This partnership will allow the ITRC to be a trusted resource to PrivacyStar’s most vulnerable customers when they need help the most.”

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. The ITRC provides victim assistance and consumer education through its toll-free call center, website and social media, as well as through the new ID Theft Help Mobile App.

About PrivacyStar
The PrivacyStar app is the only service to include ScamBlock, real-time caller ID and call blocking as well the ability to report abusive calls and texts directly to federal agencies. PrivacyStar is available as a free download for Android smartphones and powers call management solutions for many leading mobile carriers. Each month, PrivacyStar blocks millions of calls and files hundreds of thousands of call complaints on behalf of customers directly with the Federal Trade Commission for Do Not Call and Fair Debt Collections Practices Act violations. PrivacyStar is a First Orion company.

About First Orion
First Orion is dedicated to providing phone call transparency by empowering both consumers and businesses with world-class data. It protects consumers from unwanted phone calls and unknown callers, along with fraud and scam protection, with call management software on industry leading mobile applications and network based solutions. The company helps businesses utilize authoritative data to ensure that they are properly contacting the right customers or validating their customer data with accurate information. First Orion is headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas with offices in DallasSeattle and London.

For regular updates, please visit www.FirstOrion.com.

PrivacyStar and First Orion are registered trademarks of First Orion Corp. All registered or unregistered trademarks are the sole property of their respective owners.

Media Contact:
Catherine Barkley
FortyThree, Inc.
831.401.3175
PS@43pr.com

Nikki Fiorentino
Identity Theft Resource Center
858.500.2068
Nikki@idtheftcenter.org

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – September 14, 2015 – The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) released a free mobile app on September 14, 2015 which is now available for download on Android and iOS devices. The ID Theft Help app, which was funded by a grant from the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), offers resources for victims including direct links to victim advisors, all free of charge to consumers. The app also offers educational tools for consumers wanting to protect themselves against identity theft.

“With the growing rates of identity theft and the fact that literally anyone can be a victim, there’s never been a more important time to have help at your fingertips,” says Eva Velasquez, President / CEO of the ITRC. “Having this app on consumers’ smartphones will serve as a daily visual reminder to safeguard their information as best they can.”

The ITRC has reported more than 100 million records exposed in data breaches this year alone and expects that the app’s feature instructing consumers on what to do when they receive a breach notification letter will be one of the most used functions. In addition, the app includes help with scams, cybersecurity and a quiz to measure consumers’ potential risk for identity theft.

The ITRC’s ID Theft Help app can be downloaded, free of charge, from the Apple Store and Google Play. More information about the app and its development can be found by visiting theITRC’s website.

About the Identity Theft Resource Center

Founded in 1999, the Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC) is a nationally recognized non-profit organization which provides victim assistance and consumer education through its toll-free call center, website, and highly visible social media efforts.

Contact: Nikki Fiorentino

nikki@idtheftcenter.org

858-444-3287

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – January 12, 2015 – The number of U.S. data breaches tracked in 2014 hit a record high of 783 in 2014, according to a recent report released by the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and sponsored by IDT911™.  This represents a substantial hike of 27.5 percent over the number of breaches reported in 2013 and a significant increase of 18.3 percent over the previous high of 662 breaches tracked in 2010.  The number of U.S. data breach incidents tracked since 2005 also hit a milestone of 5,029 reported data breach incidents, involving more than 675 million estimated records.

Continuing a three-year trend, breaches in the Medical/Healthcare industry topped the ITRC 2014 Breach List with 42.5 percent of the breaches identified in 2014.  The Business sector continued in its second place ranking with 33.0 percent of the data breach incidents, followed by the Government/Military sector at 11.7 percent.  These categories were followed by the Education sector at 7.3 percent and Banking/Credit/Financial at 5.5 percent.

“With support from IDT911, the ITRC has been able to continue its efforts in tracking and understanding the complex issues surrounding the growing number of data breaches,” said Eva Velasquez, President and CEO, ITRC. “With an average of 15 breaches a week in 2014, consumers need to be made aware of the risk of exposure to personal identifying information in order to understand the threat posed by this growing list of data breach incidents.”

“The ubiquitous nature of data breaches has left some consumers and businesses in a state of fatigue and denial about the serious nature of this issue.  While not all breaches will result in identity theft or other crimes, the fact that information is consistently being compromised increases the odds that individuals will have to deal with the fall out.  The ITRC data breach reports are a necessary educational tool for businesses, government and advocates alike in our communication efforts,” Velasquez added.

In 2014, Hacking incidents represented the leading cause of data breach incidents, accounting for 29.0 percent of the breaches tracked by the ITRC.  This was followed for the second year in a row by breaches involving Subcontractor/Third Party at 15.1 percent.  Accidental Exposure of information in 2014 jumped to 11.5 percent, up from 7.5 percent recorded in 2013.  Data on the Move dropped to 7.9 percent from the 12.9 percent identified in 2013.

The ITRC began tracking data breaches in 2005 and since that time has been maintaining an extensive database capturing and categorizing U.S. data breaches into five industry sectors with a number of other attributes such as how information was compromised and type of data. (See Multi-Year Statistics)

“It is important to note that the 5,000 breach milestone only encompasses those reported – many breaches fly under the radar each day because there are many institutions that prefer to avoid the financial dislocation, liability and loss of goodwill that comes with disclosure and notification,” said Adam Levin, founder and chairman of IDT911. “Additionally, not all businesses are required to report they’ve had a breach for a variety of reasons, which means the number of breaches and records affected is realistically much higher.”

From 2007 to 2011, the Business sector, with a 10-year average of 34.3 percent, represented the largest percentage of breaches, often far surpassing the next highest category.  The Medical/Healthcare sector, with a 10-year average of 26.4 percent, took over the top spot in 2012, attributed primarily to the mandatory reporting requirement for healthcare breaches being reported to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  In 2005, this category reported the least number of breaches.

In 2005 and 2006, Education and Government/Military held the spots for most breaches, at 47.8 percent and 30.8 percent respectively. As indicated in the above chart, these two categories now represent a 10-year average of 15.3 percent and 15.8 percent.  The Banking/Credit/Financial industry, with a 10-year average of 8.1 percent, has reported the least number of breaches for nine of the past 10 years.

Over the years, hacking has been a primary cause of data breach incidents, leading to an 8-year average of 21.7 percent.  Data on the Move, a leading cause of breaches in 2007 and 2008, ranks second with an average of 15.9 percent.  (This category includes storage devices or laptops lost in transit.)   Insider theft and Accidental Exposure follow at just over 12 percent, and Subcontractor/Third Party follows at 11.2 percent.

“Without a doubt, 2015 will see more massive takedowns, hacks, and exposure of sensitive personal information like we have witnessed in years past,” said Levin. “Medical data and business information like intellectual property will be prime targets, with cyber thieves looking for opportunistic financial gain based on black market value, corporate extortion and cyber terrorism.”

As indicated in the chart above, other categories have been added to the ITRC database over the years.  Employee Negligence was added in 2012 (3-year average = 9.5 percent) and Physical Theft was added in 2014 (12.5 percent of 2014 breaches).  An eight-year average of 29.6 percent of all breaches, reported on and tracked by the ITRC, did not have sufficient information to identify the cause.

The ITRC continues to track paper breaches even though these types of breaches seldom trigger state breach notification laws.  This type of occurrence has dropped considerably since the high of 26 percent recorded in 2009, with an 8-year average of 17.1 percent.

It is also noteworthy that the reporting of “Unknown”, for the total number of records exposed on the ITRC Breach List, has shown a decline since the high of 50.3 percent in 2012.  This again may be due to the high percentage of medical/healthcare entities which are required to report the number of records.  The eight-year average of “unknown” is 41.5 percent.

Tracking of breaches involving Social Security numbers and Credit Card/Debit Card information began in 2010.  The exposure of SSN’s has shown a definite decline over the past five years since the high in 2010 of 62.1 percent.  The same cannot be said for credit/debit cards, which reflected a rise in both 2013 and 2014.  The five-year averages for these two categories are 51.3 percent and 19.8 percent respectively.

“I would love to report that the decline in breaches exposing SSNs is a testament to increased security efforts by institutions to protect the golden ticket to a consumer’s identity,” continued Levin. “Unfortunately, those compromises have been dwarfed by the alarming and exponential rise in successful attacks on point-of-sale systems at big box retailers. The FBI estimates that more than 1,000 retailers are under assault with the same (or tweaked versions) of the malware that compromised Target and Home Depot.”

He concludes, “therefore, it is incumbent on consumers to be their own best guardian by controlling what personal information they make available in order to minimize their risk of exposure, monitoring their accounts daily so they know as quickly as possible they have an issue, and having a damage control program to help them get through identity related problems quickly, efficiently and thoroughly.”

For 10 years, the ITRC has been committed to dedicating resources to providing the most accurate review and analysis of U.S. data breach incidents.  This has long involved adding new categories and updating methodologies to best capture patterns and any new trends.

“Maintaining a quality multi-year data breach incident database necessitates constant attention to what is happening in the world of data breaches, legislative efforts on breach notification and industry reactions to incident response preparedness,” said Karen Barney, ITRC data breach analyst.  “As a credible and thorough resource, the ITRC is able to provide unique insight and information to consumers and businesses alike.”

About the ITRC Breach List
The ITRC Breach List is a compilation of data breaches confirmed by various media sources and/or notification lists from state governmental agencies.  Breaches on this list typically have exposed information that could potentially lead to identity theft, including Social Security numbers, financial account information, driver’s license numbers and medical information.   This data breach information, and available statistics, have become a valuable resource for media, businesses and consumers looking to become more informed on the need for best practices, privacy and security measures in all areas – both personal and professional.

About the ITRC
Founded in 1999, the Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC) is a nationally recognized non-profit organization which provides victim assistance and consumer education through its toll-free call center, website and highly visible social media efforts. It is the mission of the ITRC to: provide best-in-class victim assistance at no charge to consumers throughout the United States; educate consumers, corporations, government agencies, and other organizations on best practices for fraud and identity theft detection, reduction and mitigation; and, serve as a relevant national resource on consumer issues related to cybersecurity, data breaches, social media, fraud, scams, and other issues. Visit http://www.idtheftcenter.org. Victims may contact the ITRC at 888-400-5530

About IDT911 (IDentity Theft 911®
Founded in 2003, IDT911™ is the nation’s premier consultative provider of identity and data risk management, resolution and education services. The company serves 17.5 million households across the country and provides fraud solutions for a range of organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, the country’s largest insurance companies, employee benefit providers, banks and credit unions and membership organizations. A subsidiary of IDT911, IDT911 Consulting™ provides information security and data privacy services to help businesses avert or respond to a data loss incident. Together, the companies provide preventative and breach response services to more than 770,000 businesses in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.  IDT911 is the recipient of several awards, including the Stevie Award for Sales and Customer Service and the Phoenix Business Journal Tech Titan award for innovation in breach and fraud-fighting services. The company is the organizer of the Privacy XChange Forum, an annual conference that brings together high profile privacy thought leaders. For more information, please visitwww.idt911.comwww.idt911consulting.comwww.facebook.com/idt911 and www.twitter.com/idt911.

WASHINGTON, DC – Federal Trade Commissioner Terrell McSweeny recently spoke at an event hosted by the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) to highlight the growing threat of identity theft and its widespread effects on victims. The event coincided with the release of ITRC’s annual report on Identity Theft: The Aftermath 2013, which explores the impact the crime of identity theft has on its victims.

The new research from ITRC, which surveyed 201 identity theft victims from 39 states, finds that the consequences of identity theft are pervasive, lasting and extend far beyond the initial effects. For example, 35 percent of victims reported that their ability to obtain credit was impacted; 20 percent saw their ability to secure employment affected after being victimized by ID theft. As with previous Aftermath surveys, this year’s research found that identity theft continues to victimize people of all ages and income levels.

“We’ve known for years that nobody is immune to identity theft, but this new report shows just how severe and lasting the effects for victims really are,” said Eva Velasquez, President and CEO of the Identity Theft Resource Center. “We must do more to help victims but, as our survey demonstrates, providing help after-the-fact is not nearly enough. It’s time we gave consumers the tools they need to safeguard their personal information against identity thieves.”

This year’s report also revealed that today’s era of increased online and cell phone engagement has provided more attractive targets for identity thieves. For example,  the study found that one in four ID theft victims who had experienced “new account” identity theft had either new utilities or cell phone accounts fraudulently opened in their name.

The emotional toll of ID theft is also severe: many victims reported feeling “rage,” “fear for financial safety,” and “powerlessness and helplessness.” Most alarmingly, however, more than half of the victims we surveyed reported that they had not yet been able to resolve their identity theft issue.

Commissioner McSweeny’s remarks preceded a panel of experts and other government officials who gathered in Washington, D.C. to discuss the issue of identity fraud and how policymakers can further address this growing threat.
The findings of the report and the views of the expert panel suggest that, despite growing national awareness of the issue, little progress has been made on preventing or lessening the impact of identity theft. The consensus opinion is that the many forms of identity fraud continue to have a lasting impact on victims and our economy, and more work must be done to help victims and prevent future crimes.

About the Identity Theft Resource Center
Founded in 1999, the Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC) is a nationally recognized non-profit organization which provides victim assistance and consumer education through its toll-free call center, website and highly visible social media efforts.

It is the mission of the ITRC to: provide best-in-class victim assistance at no charge to consumers throughout the United States; educate consumers, corporations, government agencies, and other organizations on best practices for fraud and identity theft detection, reduction and mitigation; and, serve as a relevant national resource on consumer issues related to cybersecurity, data breaches, social media, fraud, scams, and other issues.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The ITRC, a nationally recognized organization dedicated to the understanding of identity theft and related issues, announced recently that Robert Siciliano, CEO of IDTheftSecurity.com, will serve on its Board of Directors.

Robert SicilianoSiciliano, with more than 30 years of experience in this field, will bring his vast knowledge to the ITRC Board and will help to heighten awareness on current trends and pro-active measures consumers and victims can take to protect themselves.

The ITRC, founded in 1999, is a 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.  It is the on-going mission of the ITRC to assist victims, educate consumers, research identity theft and increase public and corporate awareness about this problem and related issues.

“The ITRC is the single most comprehensive resource for victims dealing with identity theft,” said Siciliano. “For the past 15 years victims have been coming to me for help and my immediate response is to point them right to ITRC. There isn’t another non-profit on the planet that has as much experience in dealing with this horrible crime,” Siciliano added.

As an identity theft expert and frequent speaker, Siciliano is fiercely committed to informing, educating, and empowering Americans so they can be protected from violence and crime in the physical and virtual worlds. His “tell it like it is” style is sought after by major media outlets, executives in the C-Suite of leading corporations, meeting planners, and community leaders to get the straight talk they need to stay safe in a world in which physical and virtual crime is commonplace.

“Robert’s expansive expertise in the areas of data security and online safety will help the ITRC in serving the thousands of consumers who reach out to the ITRC call center year after year,” said Julie Fergerson, ITRC Board Chair.  “His research efforts in these areas have allowed him to forge ahead as a nationally renowned industry leader in identity theft, internet best practices and technological advances being made in this space every day,” Fergerson added.

About the ITRC

Founded in 1999, the Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC) is a nationally recognized non-profit organization which provides victim assistance and consumer education through its toll-free call center, website and highly visible social media efforts. It is the mission of the ITRC to: provide best-in-class victim assistance at no charge to consumers throughout the United States; educate consumers, corporations, government agencies, and other organizations on best practices for fraud and identity theft detection, reduction and mitigation; and, serve as a relevant national resource on consumer issues related to cybersecurity, data breaches, social media, fraud, scams, and other issues.

The Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC) today announced a partnership with IDT911™ (IDentity Theft 911®) for their corporate sponsorship of ITRC’s Breach List, supplemental reports and related research efforts involving data breach incidents. Together, the two organizations will drive awareness regarding the growing number of data breaches and the potential risk of identity theft, which may plague a consumer for years to come.

“With support from IDT911, we will be able to further continue our efforts in collecting, tracking and understanding the complex issues surrounding the growing number of data breaches,” said Eva Velasquez, President and CEO, ITRC. “Heightening consumer awareness about the various types of risks posed by different types of data breaches is fundamental in helping consumers understand the value of personal identifying information,” Velasquez added.

The ITRC Breach List is a compilation of data breaches confirmed by various media sources and/or notification lists from state governmental agencies. This list is updated daily, and published each Tuesday. Breaches on this list typically have exposed information that could potentially lead to identity theft, including Social Security numbers, financial account information, medical information, and even email addresses and passwords.

“Breaches and the identity theft that inevitably flows from them are the third certainty in life,” said Matt Cullina, CEO, IDT911. “The ripple effect of breaches can ruin businesses and devastate consumers. The resolution services offered by IDT911 and ITRC assist identity theft victims every day and we’ve certainly seen the effects on consumers, like incorrect medical charts, inability to obtain a mortgage, and even an arrest. Many of these fraudulent activities trickle down from the flood of data on the black market after a breach.”

The ITRC began tracking data breaches in 2005 and since that time has been maintaining an extensive database capturing and categorizing U.S. data breaches into five industry sectors with a number of other attributes when available (such as how information was compromised and type of data). ITRC Breach Reports and ITRC Breach Stats Reports are published weekly and are often cited throughout the year by industry leaders in national media including: USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Today Money, Information Week, TechWorld, andComputerWorld. This data breach information, and available statistics, have become a valuable resource for media, businesses and consumers looking to become more informed on the need for best practices, privacy and security measures in all areas – both personal and professional.

The groundwork for this partnership between the ITRC and IDT911 began last fall at the Privacy XChange Forum which explored Privacy in the Digital Age. This event brought together thought leaders and executives from government, as well as financial, insurance, education, healthcare and privacy sectors. The ITRC and IDT911 developed ways they could collaborate in an area where both had vested interests – the analysis of the everyday data breach occurrence and the impact on consumers and businesses of all sizes.

About the ITRC

Founded in 1999, the Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC) is a nationally recognized non-profit organization which provides victim assistance and consumer education through its toll-free call center, website and highly visible social media efforts. It is the mission of the ITRC to: provide best-in-class victim assistance at no charge to consumers throughout the United States; educate consumers, corporations, government agencies, and other organizations on best practices for fraud and identity theft detection, reduction and mitigation; and, serve as a relevant national resource on consumer issues related to cybersecurity, data breaches, social media, fraud, scams, and other issues. Visithttp://www.idtheftcenter.org. Victims may contact the ITRC at 888-400-5530.

About IDT911™ (IDentity Theft 911®)

Founded in 2003, IDT911™ is the nation’s premier consultative provider of identity and data risk management, resolution and education services. The company serves 17.5 million households across the country and provides fraud solutions for a range of organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, the country’s largest insurance companies, employee benefit providers, banks and credit unions and membership organizations. A subsidiary of IDT911, IDT911 Consulting™ provides information security and data privacy services to help businesses avert or respond to a data loss incident. Together, the companies provide preventative and breach response services to more than 600,000 businesses in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. IDT911 is the recipient of several awards, including the Stevie Award for Sales and Customer Service and the Phoenix Business Journal Tech Titan award for innovation in breach and fraud-fighting services. The company is the organizer of the Privacy XChange Forum, an annual conference that brings together high profile privacy thought leaders.

(11/8/2013) – The ITRC, a nationally recognized organization dedicated to the understanding of identity theft and related issues, announced today that Susan Grant, Director of Consumer Protection with the Consumer Federation of America, will serve on its Board of Directors.

Ms. Grant, who also heads the CFA’s Consumer Protection Institute, brings her many years of experience to the ITRC Board and will enhance the ITRC’s ability to more effectively communicate with victims and consumers nationwide.

Ms. Grant started her career in 1976 in the Consumer Protection Division of the Northwestern Massachusetts District Attorney’s Office and subsequently held positions at the National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators and National Consumers League before joining the CFA staff in 2008.

“I have admired the ITRC for many years,” said Ms. Grant. “As identity theft persists and evolves, the ITRC’s mission is more important than ever and I’m happy to work with its dedicated board and staff to ensure that consumers get the advice and assistance they need.”

The ITRC, founded in 1999, is a national 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.  It is the ongoing mission of the ITRC to assist victims, educate consumers, research identity theft and increase public and corporate awareness about this problem.

“Susan’s long-time experience in the areas of privacy, identity theft and consumer protection will greatly enhance the ITRC’s ability to broaden its efforts in heightening awareness about the pervasive threat of identity theft, frauds and scams,” said Julie Fergerson, current ITRC Board member.  “Susan, a nationally recognized authority on combating consumer fraud, has spent many years in the Washington, DC area developing numerous programs to educate identity theft victims and consumers on a wide variety of issues,” Fergerson added.

About the ITRC
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.  Visit www.idtheftcenter.org.  Victims may contact the ITRC at 888-400-5530.

(9/18/2013) – The Identity Theft Resource Center, a nationally recognized organization dedicated to the understanding of identity theft and related issues, announced today that Paul Bond, Partner with Reed Smith LLP, will serve on its Board of Directors.

Paul is a leader in Reed Smith’s rapidly expanding Data Privacy, Security & Management group and will bring a wealth of experience to the ITRC Board as well as help the organization in its efforts to enhance consumer awareness in the data privacy field.

The ITRC, founded in 1999, is a national 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. It is the ongoing mission of the ITRC to assist victims, educate consumers, research identity theft and increase public and corporate awareness about this problem.

Paul was pleased to accept the nomination, noting, “Tens of thousands of individuals, many with nowhere else to turn, have relied on the help of the Identity Theft Resource Center. Every American stands at risk of identity theft, and we should all support the ITRC in its vital mission.”

Paul has helped Reed Smith’s clients comply with legal requirements for the protection of personal data, whether those requirements arise from contract, state, national, or international law. Paul has counseled a broad swath of clients in hundreds of situations where data had been lost, stolen, or subjected to unauthorized access. Paul is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

The Legal 500 United States has recognized Paul for his work on data security and regulatory compliance. Paul was also featured in the annual “40 Under 40” section of the New Jersey Law Journal, an American Lawyer Media publication, and selected as one of four “Rising Stars” in Privacy and Consumer Protection Law by Law360.

“Paul’s extensive knowledge in the data privacy and security field will allow the ITRC to expand the assistance we provide to victims and consumers to ensure they understand how to minimize their risk of identity theft and build their knowledge of privacy related issues,” said Julie Fergerson, current ITRC Board member. “Paul’s strong sense of altruism combined with his remarkable legal acumen makes him an outstanding addition to the ITRC board,” Fergerson added.

About the ITRC

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. Visit http://www.idtheftcenter.org. Victims may contact the ITRC at 888-400-5530.

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Contact: media@idtheftcenter.org