Research Center to Fight ID Theft

By Mel Duvall  |  Posted 2006-06-28 Print this article Print

The newly created Center for Identity Management and Information Protection is backed by the FBI, IBM, LexisNexis and others.

A new research center to combat identity fraud—backed by a high-level group of government agencies, universities and corporations—was announced June 28.

The Center for Identity Management and Information Protection will be based at Utica College in central New York State and is being supported by the U.S. Secret Service, the FBI, IBM and LexisNexis, a division of Reed Elsevier Group. Academic partners include Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) coordination center, Indiana University's Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research and Syracuse University's CASE Center for high-tech research.

The center's mission will be drive research into critical issues in identity management, information sharing policy and data protection.

"The formation of the center is an important step in focusing a national research agenda and providing the intense scrutiny that fraud, cybercrime and terrorism demand," Todd Hutton, president of Utica College, said in a statement announcing the center's formation.

Studies have shown that identify fraud and theft cost businesses as much as $50 billion annually. Recent data thefts, including the loss of information on more than 26 million veterans contained on a laptop stolen from the home of an employee of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, have drawn attention to the problem.

Officials said the center will focus its efforts in five areas:

  • The causes, early detection and prevention of identity theft and fraud.

  • The evolving threat from cyber criminals and organized crime

  • The impact of policy decisions, laws and regulations

  • The improvement of authentication systems to reduce fraud and protect national security.

  • The role of technologies to protect information and privacy.

    In an initial research project, the center will work with the Bureau of Justice Assistance to examine current and emerging Internet criminal groups, with a focus on their methods of operation.

    Check out the new Baseline Security blog by senior writer Deborah Gage.

    Contributing Editor
    Mel Duvall is a veteran business and technology journalist, having written for a variety of daily newspapers and magazines for 17 years. Most recently he was the Business Commerce Editor for Interactive Week, and previously served as a senior business writer for The Financial Post.


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