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We want to make a real and permanent impact on identity theft and all the other crimes it connects to, to completely change the way we fight the crime, and we can’t do it alone.

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GET INVOLVED, LOCALLY OR NATIONALLY

We’re looking for all kinds of volunteers to help us organize and run a national campaign of community-focused identity protection workshops in every state across the country throughout 2018 and beyond.

Engage other volunteers. Use your professional or social networks, or co-workers, to encourage more volunteers to take part. The more people are involved, the greater our reach and the less each individual will have to do.

Consider being a speaker, or suggesting a speaker you know. We'll provide the training and materials and in most cases the presentations will be panel discussions - so less pressure!

Find a school to host. This is more important than it might appear. Schools are not only a great (and usually free) central location in every community, they also bring in students, parents and teachers - which means even more opportunities to spread the message. Maybe you have friends on Facebook who have kids in high school? Plant the seed with them.

Get Organizing – work with our other partners that might be in your community, like credit unions, banks and law enforcement, to organize an event in your area, liaise with other volunteers and with speakers, partners, and locations (like schools).

Technical skills? Help with our website, forums, list management, security.

Marketing and PR. Help us to engage local and national media, with social engagement, design and content, writing and distributing press releases, creating media kits etc.

Spread the word

Maybe you work for a business, non-profit or government agency. Maybe you can get word out to your co-workers and let them know about the campaign and our website. Or maybe even share the news with your customers – we’re sure they’ll appreciate the heads up.

YOU’RE IN GREAT COMPANY

We already have the support of nearly a dozen national organizations including the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the Credit Union National Association, the American Bankers Association, the Identity Theft Resource Center, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Independent Community Bankers of America and many others.

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Use the form below to send us a message, let us know how you'd like to help, or just ask some questions.

 

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Meet Your Personal Security Advocate

NealOFarrell 020headshot with borderNeal O’Farrell, the founder of Operation Stop IT!, is considered one of the world’s most experienced consumer security experts, a reputation gained from more than 35 years fighting cybercrime and identity theft around the world.

Over his three decades in security Neal has worked with governments, the intelligence community, the financial community, Fortune 500 companies, thousands of small businesses and millions of end users and consumers.

He began his career in the financial services industry in the 1980s protecting European banks from the first generation of hackers. In the late 1980s he won the first ever contract to encrypt Ireland's entire national ATM network, and later installed the first two-factor authentication system in an Irish bank. He also went on to develop the first voice verification-based phone banking access control system for Britain's largest bank. Today they call it biometrics. In 1988 Neal co-hosted with IBM one of Europe's first network security conferences, the same year he launched a project to develop a European rival for the NSA's secure telephone system the STU3.

Neal was a co-founder of the Center for Information Security Awareness, a partnership with FBI/InfraGard to provide free employee security awareness training for individuals and small businesses. Neal created the entire course, test, and certification, and that course has since been accessed by thousands of organizations. In 2002 he launched Hackademia, one of the first companies to offer cybersecurity courses online. Hackademia is now part of the University of Washington.

In 2003 he launched the nation’s very first Cyber Secure City, a unique experiment to train an entire city – residents, businesses, schools, even the Mayor and city council – in cybersecurity and identity theft awareness. Partners in the yearlong initiative included Microsoft, Cisco, McAfee, and AT&T, and received the endorsement of the US Chamber of Commerce, the Department of Homeland Security, and the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. [(ISC)².

In 2004 Neal was the first expert to train an entire police department in identity theft awareness. He’s also the Executive Director of the Identity Theft Council , an award winning non-profit that has assisted thousands of victims of identity theft. Through his work with the Council, Neal has helped set new standards in the way victims of identity theft are treated and supported, and in how law enforcement is trained.

He works with hundreds of police departments, Neighborhood Watch groups and community action organizations. He also takes on complex cases referred to him by the FBI and U.S. Secret Service. In 2011 the Council was honored with the 2011 Editors Choice Award from SC Magazine, one of the cyber security industry's most prestigious awards. Previous winners include the NSA.

Neal was also honored as the first ever recipient of the Eigen Award, presented by the International Association of Certified Fraud Examiners at the headquarters of Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco in September 2015.

Neal has advised numerous companies on breach prevention and response, and was a member of the Federal Communications Commission's Cybersecurity Roundtable where he helped develop their online cybersecurity planning tool. He was also the only security expert invited to advise the Congressionally-mandated Stock Act panel in 2013 and has taught security to numerous audiences including Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Ameriprise, Stifel Nicolaus, BKR International, the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), and the National Association of Secretaries of State, as well as the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the High Tech Crimes Investigators Association (HTCIA), the California Financial Crimes Investigators Association (CFCIA), the California High Technology Crime Advisory Committee (HTCAC), and the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators.

A passionate security educator, Neal has authored more than a thousand blogs and articles on security and privacy and has been quoted in numerous publications around the world including the New York Times, Forbes, Inc., the Wall St. Journal, the Huffington Post, CNN Money, BusinessWeek, USA Today, SmartMoney, CNET, Information Week, the National Law Journal, Today.com, NBC, CBS, CNBC, Fox Business, and the South China Morning Post.

His book on identity theft has been used by three of the top five U.S. banks to educate their customers on identity theft prevention. He is the Executive Producer of the documentary series In the Company of Thieves that goes inside the world of professional identity thieves and has appeared on the Discovery Channel's Investigation Discovery series.

He has acted as advisor to numerous security firms including ZoneAlarm (now Check Point), Surf Control (now Websense), Ntru Cryptosystems, Securify, and SiteLock, and identity protection firms like PrivacyMatters, EZ Shield, IdentityGuard, and Credit Sesame.

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The IRS Published Its Annual List of the Dirty Dozen Tax Scams

Tax time is Christmas time, one notorious identity thief once told me. Even when you’re in prison, he added.

Which was exactly where he was during our interview. As he scanned the yard to make sure our conversation wasn’t being noticed, he explained how easy it was for thieves like him to buy Social Security Numbers from other inmates for a few hundreds dollars, and generate thousands of dollars by having contacts on the outside submit fraudulent tax returns using those "rented" SSNs.

Which is just one of the reasons why the IRS takes identity theft and fraud so seriously, and why each year around this time they publish their list of the “Dirty Dozen” tax scams.

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Welcome to Civic

Securing Your Digital Identity

 

58dd837a9c27d4b529d1f860 screenshot verifiedCivic is forging the future of identity verification and protection, making it easier for businesses to instantly verify legitimate identities and making it much harder for fraudsters to spoof them.

Every citizen now has a digital identity, and chances are, hackers have it too. The challenge is to make sure businesses can tell the difference. That's the Civic difference.

Civic is helping businesses reduce the incidence of fraud using stolen personal information and helping consumers with early detection, comprehensive protection, and professional remediation.

Civic provides consumers with low-cost identity protection that includes:

  • Round-the-clock monitoring of your Transunion credit report to detect any unauthorized credit applications using your identity.
  • 24/7 fraud assistance to help you minimize the impact, reduce any losses, and recover quickly.
  • A $1 million insurance guarantee to help pay for the best legal and financial professionals just in case you need them.

And that’s just the beginning. Civic is working on a host of great features to better protect your identity, your finances, and your reputation. Features like stolen funds replacement, black market monitoring, data breach notifications, and a secure authentication app to make it much easier for you to quickly and accurately identify yourself to thousands of participating businesses.

If you’d like to learn more about Civic, or enroll in our comprehensive identity protection services, please visit www.civic.com.

 

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About Operation Stop IT!

Operation Stop IT! is a new collaboration between law enforcement, victim support groups, and local communities to find better ways to protect consumers and support victims

How To Contact Us

The International Association of Chiefs of Police
The Identity Theft Council
The Identity Theft Resource Center
 
Email us at neal.ofarrell@identitytheftcouncil.org