UT CID Press Release - December 3, 2020
The University of Texas at Austin Center for Identity, a leader in multidisciplinary identity security and privacy research and education, today announced the appointment of Susan Combs to serve as a Fellow on the Center’s Board of Advisors.
For a fee, monthly credit monitoring services will alert you to irregular activity on your accounts. However, an Austin-based company can tell you if criminals are trading your personal information on the Dark Web -- sometimes before they even start using that data.
According to a 2018 report from the Center for Identity at the University of Texas, the rate of adoption for biometrics has accelerated over the last five years. That shouldn’t come as a surprise. In the age of digital transformation, organizations are now looking for innovative and secure solutions to authenticate users seeking access to resources. After all, accurate, reliable authentication is critical to managing the digital risk that comes with having an unprecedented dynamic and diverse workforce connecting to numerous apps and other resources. As identity management becomes more complex, biometrics has quickly entered the scene as organizations look to enhance their security postures.
UT CID Press Release - August 5, 2019
The report, which was developed specifically by the Center’s Identity Theft Assessment and Prediction project (ITAP) in conjunction with a number of industry partners, is the Center for Identity’s first international study. The study looks at the global impact of identity theft on victims, with additional insights into the supply chain of abused identity assets.
The University of Texas at Austin Center for Identity has released the 2019 International Identity Theft Assessment and Prediction Report, which details the emerging trends in international identity theft, fraud and abuse and provides additional insights into the supply chain of abused identity assets
Although it’s up for debate where the city’s cybersecurity future stands, startups, the largest tech employers, higher education institutions and even the military have made headlines in recent years for prioritizing information security — the wider net that includes cybersecurity and the protection and maintenance of data.
Last spring we covered how biometric authentication was finally starting to take hold, sharing how a pair of studies from the Center for Identity at The University of Texas at Austin found consumer favorability toward biometrics to be growing. Well, that favorability is now spilling over into the enterprise market.
As corporations struggle to fight off hackers and contain data breaches, some are looking to artificial intelligence for a solution.
They’re using machine learning to sort through millions of malware files, searching for common characteristics that will help them identify new attacks. They’re analyzing people’s voices, fingerprints and typing styles to make sure that only authorized users get into their systems. And they’re hunting for clues to figure out who launched cyberattacks—and make sure they can’t do it again.
Parents have a new item to add to their financial to-do list: checking their child’s credit history.
A new federal law going into effect in September will make it easier for families to combat a growing problem of identity fraud of minors, allowing them to make inquiries about credit files in there child's name and freeze them at no cost.
People don’t like having their identities stolen. That’s the key takeaway from new research from the University of Texas at Austin Center for Identity.
The University of Texas at Austin Center for Identity today announced that it has released a research report titled, the 2018 Identity Theft Assessment and Prediction Report, which sheds new light on the considerable emotional impact on victims of identity theft, fraud, and abuse.
Research from The University of Texas at Austin Center for Identity Highlights the Emotional Distress Related to Identity Theft, Fraud, and Abuse
UT Press Release - August 8, 2018
The report, including statistics from more than 6,000 cases of identity theft and other identity-related crimes that were recorded throughout the 16 critical infrastructure sectors of the Department of Homeland Security, adds considerable insight to the relationship between the different types of identity theft and their varied impact on victims. The
It seems biometrics, at least certain types, are growing more popular among consumers. According to the findings from a pair of reports from the Center for Identity at The University of Texas at Austin, people are most comfortable with fingerprint biometrics, compared to other types of biometrics such as face, eye, and voice.
The Center for Identity at the University of Texas, has observed 5,398 cases of identity theft, fraud and abuse in the U.S. since the year 2000. The majority of those cases occurred in the states of California, New York, Florida, and Texas according to the University’s ITAP report 2018. And, unlike what most would think, losing money is not what hurts victims the most.
Having surveyed 1000 individuals, on May 10th the Center for Identity at the University of Texas stated that public is comparatively positive about the technology. Nearly 68% of respondents were quite comfortable with giving biometric information to an organization. However, their comfort level varied depending on the type of information given. Individuals tended to have the most positive attitude to fingerprint scans as 58% of interviewed were very comfortable with them.
A new study finds that the public is warming up to the use of biometric identification technology, but remains wary of tracking applications and is looking to government to set standards in that area.
A solid majority of U.S. consumers are very comfortable with fingerprint biometrics, but other modalities are only as comfortable for between 32 and 40 percent, according to a two-part report on biometric authentication by the Center for Identity at The University of Texas at Austin.
Hackers aren't your only risk when it comes to identity theft and fraud. 53 percent of thefts of consumers' identity data are "non-digital," meaning they don't involve — or at least, don't start with — the thief exploiting some cyber vulnerability. That includes physical theft like a stolen laptop or mail, and insider theft, where family members and and employees at companies where you do business exploit their access
Consumers feel more comfortable with fingerprint scanning than with other types of biometric technology, including face, eye, voice and other biometric measurements, according to a survey from the Center for Identity at The University of Texas at Austin.
With data breaches on the rise, a partnership in Austin is looking at the best ways to secure personal information. The technology could make physical credit cards and driver's licenses a thing of the past.
Although identity theft is frequently associated with mega-data breaches such as the Target breach in 2013, new research from the Center for Identity at The University of Texas at Austin has found that old-fashioned “analog” theft is the major driver in identity-related crimes.
The organization and management of a country’s national identity infrastructure and of identity information by companies and institutions requires the constant attention of both the public and the private sector. New types of fraud and the availability of new technologies make constant vigilance and investment in upgrading the identity infrastructure crucial. Regular assessment of the effectiveness of the various elements of the identity infrastructure is essential, both independently and in the context of the identity chain as a whole. The Center for Identity at the University of Texas, established in 2010, serves as a centre of excellence for identity management, privacy and security, as Fons Knopjes explains.
The Social Security number is overused and abused by hospitals, banks, and even retailers, putting millions of Americans at risk of identity theft. But experts say it doesn't have to be this way.
Identity theft grew from one million victims to 17.7 million between 2012 and 2014 — but not all of it is happening online.
Stolen Uber accounts are now worth more than stolen credit card accounts, according to a newly-released report by security company Trend Micro.
They come from across the country and in some form work in the identity management and security industry. But today, they're students at the University of Texas at Austin.
Keeping your kids safe on the Internet used to be as simple as installing SafeSearch and keeping the computer in the living room. Not anymore.
The ability of terrorists to steal or falsify identities is a major weakness in U.S. counterterrorism efforts.
In the light of a recent increase in Facebook identity theft scams, the Center offers advice to users of the social media platform on how to stay safe.
Security and identity management are intertwining for an advanced degree program at The University of Texas at Austin. The new master’s program is being touted as the first of its kind.
A new Master’s degree program, touted as the first of its kind in the country, will launch at the University of Texas in Austin next spring.
You have likely noticed that the banner ads and other forms of advertisements on many of the webpages you visit appear to “coincidently” be for many of the same items that you have recently searched for online.
Omar Gallaga talks about a new free privacy application and the first video project to come out of the Denius-Sams Gaming Academy.
The University of Texas at Austin will launch a new master’s degree program for identity management and security starting in 2016, the university announced Thursday.
Recently, I attended the ID360 conference in Austin, which was presented by the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Identity.
Don't Open That Attachment! Most People Can't Tell the Difference Between Real Emails and Phishing AttemptsDigital Trends - May 13, 2015
Nearly 80 percent of people cannot discern a phishing email from a legitimate email, according to a new survey conducted by Intel Security.
Websites are constantly collecting data about you, the web surfer, without your knowledge.
A fascinating conversation I had with a millennial at ID360, an identity conference sponsored by the University of Texas Center for Identity, has me wondering about the future of identity and the future of our nation.
Pflugerville police arrested a woman who they say had more than 50 people’s identifying information in a purse, including debit cards, checks, mail and property tax information.
Passcode produced this package of stories as the exclusive media partner for the ID360 conference on the identity economy, hosted by the University of Texas at Austin's Center for Identity.
Now available for Chrome: a tool to analyze privacy policies.
Long paragraphs of borderline incomprehensible text in online terms of agreement contracts will soon be slightly easier to read, thanks to UT's Center for Identity.
The warnings about providing too much personal information online have been around for years. Still, identity theft happens every two seconds, according to the Center for Identity at the University of Texas.
ID360 forum to focus on economic matters related to identity, cybersecurity and personal informationBiometric Update - May 4, 2015
The Center for Identity at The University of Texas announced it will host the fifth annual ID360: The Global Forum on Identity 2015 conference on May 5-6 at the Hilton Austin.
Children remain the most vulnerable targets for thieves looking to cash in on stolen Social Security numbers, according to researchers at the University of Texas Center for Identity.
Thousands of people rushed to fill out tax forms Wednesday wit the help of some free services as Texas Governor Greg Abbott plans to reduce taxes on businesses.
Tax filing deadline is Wednesday, April 15, but if you’re anxiously awaiting a refund, beware. An identity thief may have beaten you to it.
More than 70 percent of data breaches target small businesses and more than half occur in companies with fewer than 1,000 employees, University of Texas officials with the Center for Identity said Friday.
Local dumpster diver and security specialist Matt Malone was looking through a Central Austin dumpster this weekend when he noticed something odd.
Passcode went on the road to South By Southwest Interactive, the annual gathering of digerati in Austin, Texas.
For the self-employed and owners of very small businesses, whose time and energies are devoted to growing the company, data security often falls in priority.
Big thinkers vote on the most critical issues in security and privacy.
The U.S. Department of Commerce last year announced three pilots in support of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC).
With more people upgrading their homes to smart electronics, experts warn there's the possibility thieves could access your personal information through your phone.
Former Home Depot employee Daniel Marquadt said he had been struggling with financial hardship and a painkiller addiction when he stole thousands of customers' credit card numbers and attempted to sell them on an online black market.
Imagine finding yourself on a solo road trip into the wilderness. This storied form of adventure—the form of Alec Dunbar's travels in The Vanishing Game—is exhilarating in part due to the associated risks and potential hazards. Envision traversing unknown parts, and the situation suddenly becoming precarious.
It's hard to turn on the news these days without hearing of some kind of data breach. As lawmakers and the media's attention to security grows, so does the impact of data breaches on those at the leadership level of businesses.
For many of us, the Friday after Thanksgiving means shopping. But this year, leave your debit card at home.
Lately, anonymous has gotten a bad rap. Not Anonymous, the intimidating online network of Guy Fawkes mask-wearing hacktivists. I mean the concept of anonymity online.
With more companies falling victim to data breaches, credit card companies are issuing cards with more advanced security to keep customers' information safe. Those cards are equipped with something called EMV technology- or better known as a microprocessor chip.
Do you know where your favorite video game was made? The U.S. of A.? The great state of Texas?
With the recent hackings of Home Depot, Albertsons and perhaps most notoriously the Target hacking last holiday season, U.S. consumers are aware now more than ever that every day their identities are at risk.
The group at the biggest risk for identity theft today is children, with their spotless credit histories, their love for computers, and their lack of basic knowledge about what information not to provide to others on line.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) awarded the North Carolina Departments of Transportation and Health and Human Services a pilot grant to create an electronic ID (eID) intended to operate with the same security and privacy online as driver licenses and state-issued IDs do in person.
Gaming apps. Educational apps. Book apps. Parents have lots of categories to choose from when picking apps for kids these days.
Today marks the start of Cyber Security Awareness month (totally a thing), and apparently it's never too early to prepare tomorrow's CEOs for data breaches and cyber attacks.
When we picture identity theft, we often imagine it occurring through the physical theft of objects that contain personally identifying information.
Paying in stores just got a little bit easier. Using your iPhone is now an option at hundreds of thousands of businesses. But is it safe? It's a new way of paying, all with a single touch.