Provide quality research-based educational programs focused on identity theft and data breach prevention. While other organizations have focused on cybersecurity as the solution, Hodges University’s Identity Fraud Institute (IFI) has discovered that cybersecurity alone cannot and will not prevent data breaches, nor will it protect a consumer from identity theft. Professionals and consumers must take an active role in the protection of sensitive information, which is accomplished through education. The IFI is a leader in providing educational programs for professionals, industries and consumers. Through effective programming, individuals are equipped with the appropriate knowledge and tools in the fight against data breach and identity theft.
The Identity Fraud Institute grew from the work of the Collier Identity Theft Task Force, which is a consortium of 20+ organizations who worked together to address the problem of identity theft in Collier County. The task force scheduled community forums on the topic of identity theft, with more than 200 residents attending the first event. Since that time, requests for presentations and assistance from victims became overwhelming. As a result, a Letter of Understanding was drafted between the task force and Hodges University. Review a full list of the IFI Advisory Council members here.
In May of 2015, Carrie Kerskie joined Hodges University to develop what would become the Identity Fraud Institute under the Johnson School of Business. A highly sought-after national speaker, trainer, author and consultant on the topics of identity theft, fraud and data privacy, she is the author of the book, “Your public Identity; Because Nothing is Private Anymore” and a contributing writer for Agingcare.com and Naples Daily News. She has been quoted in numerous publications such as Real Simple magazine and TechRepublic.com, and she appears regularly on various news programs on NBC-2, ABC-7, Fox 4, NPR and WINK News.
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