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ID Theft, Computer Security and the Human Factor. Tom Ryan, RU-Camden Law Harold Winshel, Camden Arts & Sciences. Agenda. Identity Theft What is identity theft? Why is it bad? How is it done? What can you do to prevent it? Computer Security - Top 10 best practices Social Engineering

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id theft computer security and the human factor

ID Theft, Computer Security and the Human Factor

Tom Ryan, RU-Camden Law Harold Winshel, Camden Arts & Sciences

  • Identity Theft
    • What is identity theft?
    • Why is it bad?
    • How is it done?
    • What can you do to prevent it?
  • Computer Security

- Top 10 best practices

  • Social Engineering
    • Actions & Reactions
identity theft
Identity Theft
  • Prevention
  • Detection
  • Recovery
how prevalent is it
How prevalent is it?
  • 10 Million Americans in 2003 (up 41 %)
  • Costs $53 Billion

  • Un-reported costs…
how does it happen
How does it happen?
  • Most ID theft is done through very low-tech means.
  • With a name, address and a credit card number, and the 3 digit card identifier, most telephone businesses will ship to any address.
  • Very few cross checks
why is id theft done
Why is ID Theft Done?
  • $$$ For financial gain. $$$
  • You start getting collection calls/mail
  • You are denied credit
  • You stop getting mail
  • You start getting new bills for accounts you do not have or services you did not authorize.
  • Your bank account balance drops.
what you can do to prevent it
What you can do to prevent it?
  • Account Information
  • ATM, Credit, and Debit Cards
  • Bills, Bank Statements, and Other Records
  • Calling Cards
  • Checks
  • Credit Reports
  • Mail
  • Trash
good practices
Good practices
  • Photocopy the contents of wallet/purse
  • Photocopy your passport (keep a copy at home and one with you)
  • Empty your wallet/purse of non-essential identifiers, especially your Social Security Card.
  • Do not use any information provided by the people trying to scam you… Look it up yourself.
  • Use a paper crosscut shredder.
  • When on vacation, don’t stop your newspaper.
  • File a report with the credit provider
  • File a police report
  • Notify the Credit bureaus
  • Notify the FTC
what you can do if you become a victim
What you can do if you become a victim?
  • Contact the fraud departments of any one of the three major credit bureaus  to place a fraud alert on your credit file.
  • Ask for new account numbers for accounts that you know or believe have been tampered with or used fraudulently.
  • Close Accounts that have been opened fraudulently.
  • File a police report. Get a copy of the report to submit to your creditors
  • File your complaint with the FTC.
what will the future bring
What will the future bring ?
  • The trend is that it is getting worse
  • Continue with awareness and education
  • Review policies and procedures
  • Improve the security web site
  • Seek input from our user community

Security is everybody’s business

your computer and id theft
Your computer and ID Theft

What you can do to

  • Protect your confidential information
  • Prepare for an incident (just in case)
  • Prevent identity theft
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Your computer and ID theft
  • Protect yourself
    • When ordering online, make sure the site is secure (https://)
  • Protect others
    • Have your antivirus software keeping you up to date
    • Set your system to auto update patches
good computing practices
Good Computing Practices
  • Encryption (SSL, the lock, SHTTP or HTTPS)
  • Firewall
  • Anti-Adware/Anti-Trojan
  • Wireless
  • P2P file sharing
  • Separate passwords
  • Password “Safe” software
  • E-mail is not secure
  • Disconnect from the internet when not in use
  • Check our security and smoke alarm batteries at the bi-annual time changes (April & November)
  • Do not use phone numbers or web links provided by others
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Good computing practices
  • Use automatic updating anti-virus software (Rutgers Antivirus Delivery Service - RADS)
  • Exercise caution when opening email attachments
  • Select hard to guess passwords and keeping them private
  • Back up important files
  • Download and install operating system update patches
  • Become aware of the risks in file sharing (turn off or password protect)
  • Use a password protected screen saver
  • Lock up your computer when not in use
  • Know how to report a computer abuse incident
  • Protect your computer by using a firewall
phishing spoofing
Phishing / Spoofing
  • Sending an email to a user falsely claiming to be an established legitimate enterprise in an effort to scam the user into surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft (
  • Phishing – bait.
  • Spoof – fake the appearance of a popular web site
phishing e mail
Phishing E-mail
damages to you
Damages to you
  • Time
  • Money
  • Credit rating
  • Reputation
damages to rutgers
Damages to Rutgers…
  • Reputation
  • Violation of federal and state laws.
  • Fines
  • Reparations costs
  • Recovery costs
  • Increased prevention costs
  • Georgia Tech release of credit cards to the internet cost them over $1,000,000.
links and resources
Links and Resources
    • 1-800-269-0271
services available at rutgers university for faculty staff and students
Services available at Rutgers University for Faculty, Staff and Students
  • Help Desk for computer problems
  • Identity Theft 911
  • Computer abuse