Media Advisory: UT Austin Unveils Identity Theft Resource Called IDWise


September 30, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas – 

EVENT: The UT Center for Identity (UTCID) at The University of Texas at Austin invites the public to the unveiling and celebration of IDWise, a state-funded online resource and one-stop shop for consumer-friendly tips, articles, games and videos about how to manage and secure personal information for individuals, businesses and families. Members of the media and public are invited to take a first look at IDWise's research, educational materials, resources and new identify theft prevention game.

WHEN: 10-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 7. Registration and breakfast begins at 9:45 a.m.

WHERE: Etter-Harbin Alumni Center, UT Austin Campus (map).

WHO MAY ATTEND: The event is open to the public. To RSVP, contact the Center for Identity at

BACKGROUND: IDWise is a modern resource for people adapting to today's digital culture, a world that trades security for convenience, ushering in a need for new skills and behaviors, both online and offline.

This nonprofit resource center is funded by the Texas Legislature and represents the largest state level investment in identity theft protection in the country. By bringing together academic researchers, faculty members, and government and industry leaders, IDWise aims to be the best resource to educate consumers and businesses on how to protect themselves and avoid millions of dollars in lost income, fraudulent costs, wasted time and reputation damage.

Completely free, IDWise is a resource designed to initially educate those most at risk for identity theft: children and parents, older adults, small businesses, veterans, and active service men and women. IDWise will give clear and accessible resources to empower citizens — both online and offline — to be better informed and make smarter choices to protect their personal information.

The hashtag #IDWise will be used across social media channels.


9:45 a.m. Registration, welcome breakfast and camera pre-set

10 a.m. Keynote address from U.S. Rep. John R. Carter. Additional remarks from:

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Susan Combs
UT Austin Vice President for Research Juan Sanchez
Center for Identity Director Dr. Suzanne Barber

10:30 a.m. Media availability and tour of exhibit area

For more information, contact: Anna Griffin, Communications Coordinator, Center for Identity, (512) 739-3425.


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