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"All-out Attack on Identity Theft" Announced
The Liberty Alliance Project Seeks First to Define and Establish the Scope of the Issue

“The first step in solving any difficult problem is defining and establishing the scope of the issue. Our team is working on this now, analyzing this problem from every angle and painting a clear picture of what we are up against," said Michael Barrett, vice president, Security Strategy and Architecture for American Express Co., former president of Liberty Alliance and current co-chair of Liberty’s Identity Theft Prevention Group, as the Alliance today announced the formation of a cross-organizational group focused exclusively on curbing misuse of identity information.

“You can’t tackle what you don’t understand,” said Barrett.

"From this, we’ll be able to provide a comprehensive view of the issues and threats, recognize behaviors that put organizations and consumers at risk, and present specific guidance on avoiding these actions,” he continued.

The Liberty Alliance is made up of over 150 organizations from across the globe – ranging from educational institutions and government organizations, to service providers and financial institutions, to technology firms and wireless providers. Over 40 Liberty member organizations are currently participating in this group’s activities – including representatives from Liberty’s management board and all of Liberty’s Expert Groups. The group is co-chaired by Barrett and Alex Popowycz, member of the Liberty Alliance management board and vice president for Fidelity Investments.

“A problem as big as identity theft needs an organization as big as the Liberty Alliance to solve it,” said George Goodman, president of the Liberty Alliance management board and director, Platform Virtualization Lab, Intel.

“Identity-related crime is a problem that spans many industries, technologies and markets across the globe," Goodman continued. "The only way to effectively tackle this problem is through an organization that represents multiple industries, technologists and consumer advocates across the globe. It also requires an organization that knows how to partner with others and collaborate to combat far-reaching issues such as online identity theft and fraud.”

In the spirit of collaborative activity, Liberty will host its first Identity Theft Workshop on July 20, 2005 in Chicago. This workshop will bring together several organizations that are working on various identity theft issues to analyze some of the most pressing online identity theft problems organizations and consumers are facing every day.

A thorough analysis of an identity theft attack vector matrix, in addition to proposed mitigations, will be conducted, with the goal of producing a definitive document that reflects the knowledge and experience of all of the groups in attendance. The workshop will have representatives from government agencies, consumer groups and industry. This is the first of many collaborative activities planned by Liberty.

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