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Universities create ID theft research center
Published: 2006-06-28

Utica College and Lexis-Nexis announced on Wednesday that they had teamed up with the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service as well as other universities to establish a center for researching identity theft and developing measures to protect consumer data.

Utica College promised that the research hub, dubbed the Center for Identity Management and Information Protection (CIMIP), will bring together experts, allow access to sensitive data and produce actionable strategies for combating identity fraud. Other founding members include the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) Coordination Center at Carnegie Mellon University, Indiana University, Syracuse University, and IBM.

Identity theft is a major problem, but one whose size is still being debated by experts. While the recent theft of a laptop containing information on 26.5 million U.S. soldiers has brought data security back into the limelight, many point out that true identity theft still remains a somewhat rare occurrence. A study funded by the U.S. Department of Justice found that about 3.6 million American households were affected by identity theft in 2004, about one third of the estimates from previous studies.

CIMIP will be based at Utica College and headed by Gary R. Gordon, a professor of economic crime management at the school.

Posted by: Robert Lemos
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