Countering identity theft through education and technology: Activity summary of the 2014 “Identity Theft and Its Nexus to Illicit Activity” team
Identity theft (IDT) is a precipitating crime that is a springboard for other illicit activity. It traditionally involves financial fraud and cybercrime, but it may also include manipulation of public sentiment and disruption of commerce. Links to terrorism may be present. For the purposes of this work, IDT is defined as the unauthorized use of an individual’s or entity’s identity to conduct illicit activity.
In 2013, the Department of Homeland Security’s Intelligence Community Analyst–Private Sector Partnership Program (ICAPP) team reviewed literature and consulted with subject matter experts to develop a set of recommendations summarized in a white paper (ICAPP, 2013) and an illustrative brochure (Identity Theft and Nexus to Illicit Activity Team, 2013). During 2014, the team further examined two of the recommendations related to (1) educating individuals and small businesses to mitigate their risk by minimizing online exposure and (2) empowering mid-sized to large organizations with technical solutions to proactively protect their data.