Ah, the good old days, when we were innocent enough to believe buying shredders and taking our Social Security numbers off our checks was all we had to do to protect ourselves from identity theft.
Alas, the data breach and identity theft headlines make it clear those days are over. The Identity Theft Resource Center announces there were 656 reported data breaches in 2008. Verizon Business’ Data Breach Investigations Report reveals a total of 1,152 data breaches (70% of which were unreported) with more than 285,000,000 records compromised. And every day there are more reports of threats as low-tech as mail theft, or as high-tech as the attacks by international identity theft syndicates.
In light of the escalating identity theft risks, LifeLock has launched a program to bring identity theft education and prevention resources to communities nationwide. The LifeLock Speakers Series features Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialists who deliver free audience-tailored presentations to update groups on identity theft trends and protection strategies.
They’ve already delivered several talks in Texas, Michigan, North Carolina and the District of Columbia, but if you’ve missed those, the schedule below provides some additional opportunities.
If you’re interested in scheduling a speaker for your group (senior citizens, high school and college students businesses and law enforcement agencies are among the groups who’ve already been scheduled), or if you’d like more details about the dates below, contact Cortney Read at (480) 457-2032.
- 5/18 Newark, Delaware
- 5/18 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- 5/18 Benincia and Escalon, California
- 6/8 Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio
- 6/8 Detroit, Michigan
- 6/15 Las Vegas, Nevada
- 6/15 Pasadena and Newport Beach, California
- 6/22 Reno, Nevada
- 7/06 Chicago, Illinois
- 7/13 Ann Arbor and Warren, Michigan
- 8/3 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
- 8/10 Dallas, Texas
- 8/10 Orlando, Florida
- 8/10 Denver, Colorado
- 9/21 Seattle, Washington
- 10/12 Kansas City, Missouri
- 11/2 Tampa, Florida
- 12/1 Los Angeles and San Diego, California