LexisNexis, IBM, the United States Secret Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute's CERT/CC, Indiana University's Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, and Syracuse University's CASE Center, and Utica College in New York have joined forces to create a research center to combat identity theft.
Heaven knows this is a topic that could use some fresh thinking. The research agenda includes:
- causes, early detection, and prevention of identity fraud and theft
- the evolving threat from cyber criminals, insiders and organized crime groups
- the impact and role of policy decisions, legislation and regulatory actions
- improvement of identity authentication systems to reduce fraud and improper payments, and protect national security
- the role of enabling technologies to protect information, facilitate privacy and share information.
With all of this, we'd do well to remember that, barring a pill to cure stupidity, the most effective protective measures against identity theft will remain good security practices in the enterprise and vigilance by consumers.