Protecting personal information
Less privacy and more technology create perfect conditions for identity theft. Criminals can steal your personal information in seconds and without your knowledge. Repairing your credit after a breach can take years. In Maryland, there are several common identity theft schemes such as using stolen credit cards to buy gift cards, opening fraudulent lines of credit, setting up new bank accounts, and impersonating the victim to withdraw money from accounts.
Like Jon, the students, faculty, and alumni of the University of Maryland will be vulnerable for years to come due to the recent cyber attack in which social security numbers, birth dates, and university ID numbers were stolen. Target also had a major security breach recently compromising 40 million credit and debit cards. Jon supports keeping sensitive information secure. He believes that we need to be proactive to combat internet security threats, hacking, and other cyber crimes.