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National ID Theft Week fails to address corporate weakness

Deepnet Security : 21 October, 2009  (Technical Article)
Deepnet is warning that the threat of online ID theft has just begun to emerge and that the threat will become much greater as workforces become more mobile
Deepnet has issued a stark warning that the threat of ID theft is far more complex than National ID Theft Week makes out.

ID theft continues to threaten organisations in the UK with organised gangs, such as the world's largest ID theft ring, recently exposed as stealing more than 130 million credit and debit card numbers, being just the tip of the iceberg. This combined with almost three quarters of the world's workforce becoming mobile by 2012, the majority of which will be using the web to access corporate files, means more focus is needed on the threat of online ID theft.

Yurong Lin, CEO, Deepnet, comments: "Achieving complete protection against ID theft is an ongoing headache for organisations who barely have time to keep up with evolving threats. With increased pressure on IT departments to use technology to innovate and provide competitive edge, comprehensive security is all too often low down the priority list.

"While we welcome the sentiments of National ID Theft Week and believe it raises important awareness of identity fraud, we think it is critical that more focus is placed on areas of ID theft that are dramatically on the rise, such as online. In addition to this more advice must be given to businesses on how they can protect themselves, building on the recommendations to use firewalls, anti-virus and VPNs."

Mike Bienvenu, Technical Director, Softek, a leading IT security and storage distributor, comments: "We work with Deepnet to install authentication solutions that protect against ID theft across many organisations and while we find that identity fraud is recognised as a threat, there is a real lack of expertise and resource to deal with this effectively.

"It is important that organisations look to security solutions that will not only prohibit unauthorised access, but also support the drive to increase efficiencies through mobile working, with tools that provide a rich set of user credentials and authentication methods on just one single platform the best approach as they are cost-effective and easy-to-use."
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