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2016 Was the Biggest Identity Theft Year

2016 Was the Biggest Identity Theft Year

Recently, Javelin Strategy & Research, the industry standard-bearer on identity trends, issued its annual identity theft report, which found that identity theft cases jumped 16 percent over the past year, very notably the highest since the firm began tracking identity fraud in 2004. In fact, 2016 was the biggest identity theft year—ever.

Stop the Phish: Three Steps to Enhance Your Company’s Security Posture

Stop the Phish: Three Steps to Enhance Your Company’s Security Posture

As you may know, phishing is a cyber-attack in which criminals bait their victims to take an action that allows the criminals to acquire sensitive information, such as usernames, passwords, and credit card numbers. Once criminals obtain the victims’ information, they can use it for any number of nefarious purposes, including to steal identities, empty bank accounts, and gain access to corporate networks and private email systems.

Spear-phishing is similar to phishing but targets a specific company, person or organization. The criminal crafts a context-specific campaign that increases the odds that their targeted victim will take the action they desire.

LifeLock Joins Consumer Business Unit at Symantec

LifeLock Joins Consumer Business Unit at Symantec

We announced some exciting news in November about Symantec’s plans to acquire LifeLock, and now I’m happy to share that the deal has closed and our integration with LifeLock, and its enterprise subsidiary ID Analytics, is underway.

There is a lot of passion and excitement from our combined team around the promise and potential we have together to provide a comprehensive digital safety platform that gives you, our customers, a greater sense of security with the addition of identity theft protection expertise.

Legal Recognition for LifeLock’s Sharon Segev

Legal Recognition for LifeLock’s Sharon Segev

The best in-house lawyers are those who are changing the business world and, in many cases, steering companies through uncharted territory. That description comes from the Silicon Valley Business Journal and the San Francisco Business Times, which, every year, recognize the achievements of standout in-house lawyers at Bay Area companies.

I’m proud to share that LifeLock General Counsel Sharon Segev is a winner of the publications’ Bay Area Corporate Counsel Awards. I can’t think of anyone more deserving.

Beating the Income Tax Fraudsters

Beating the Income Tax Fraudsters

Tax season: not exactly everybody’s favorite time of the year, but for income tax fraudsters—it’s payday! Why? Because submitting fraudulent tax returns in your name and stealing the refund money is an easy thing to do. The W-2 form that your company just mailed to you isn’t even required.  All fraudsters need is your Social Security number, name, and date of birth, then bingo. They can file your return and have it deposited onto a prepaid debit card, which is as good as cash. They walk away richer, and you’re left holding the bag.