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Nov 24, 2008

Coalition formed to combat identity theftMortgagePress.comidentity theft, Center for Applied Identity Management Research, CAIMR, cyber crime A coalition of leading corporate, government and academic institutions today announced the formation of the Center for Applied Identity Management Research (CAIMR). CAIMR is focused on developing research and solutions for societys most daunting identity management challenges such as cyber crime, terrorism, financial crimes, identity theft and fraud, weapons of mass destruction, and narcotics and human trafficking. The Center is the first of its kind to bring cross-disciplinary experts in criminal justice, financial crime, biometrics, cyber crime and cyber defense, data protection, homeland security and national defense to address identity management challenges that impact individuals, public safety, commerce, government programs and national security. CAIMR's founding members represent an extraordinary alliance of non-profit, public sector and corporate institutions including: Indiana University, U.S. Secret Service, LexisNexis, IBM, Cogent Systems, Visa and Intersections. Dr. Gary R. Gordon, a nationally recognized expert in economic crime and a Senior Scholar in Identity Management at Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington will serve as Executive Director of the Center. Under their guidance the Center will undertake applied research projects concentrating on the identity management aspects of the following: Public safety Identity theft, cyber crime, computer crime, organized criminal groups, document fraud and sexual predator detection. National security Cyber security and cyber defense, human trafficking and illegal immigration, terrorist tracking and financing. Financial and corporate fraud Mortgage fraud and other financial crimes, data breaches, e-commerce fraud, insider threats and health care fraud. Individual protection Identity theft and fraud. CAIMR will identify the key challenges, the gaps in knowledge and the research needed to provide solutions to these challenges. Additional members include Fair Isaac, University of Texas at Austin, Wells Fargo & Company, U.S. Marshals Service, Dragnet Solutions, ID Experts, Identity Theft Assistance Corporation (ITAC), Information Technology Association of America (ITAA), and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). "CAIMR is a trusted public private partnership of organizations focused on solving some of the nations most challenging identity management problems," said Gary R. Gordon, Ed.D. executive director of CAIMR. "As a non-profit organization governed by its partners with a strong affiliation with its host academic institution, Indiana University, CAIMR is uniquely positioned to foster a collaborative applied research environment that brings together the multi-disciplinary talent, resources, data sources, and analytical capabilities to take up this challenge." "In spite of our recent successful investigations both domestically and internationally, cybercrime remains a substantial threat that continues to evolve and attack our financial systems, said Michael P. Merritt, assistant director, Office of Investigations for the United States Secret Service. "Successfully combating emerging identity crimes requires that the Secret Service and law enforcement forge and enhance partnerships with industry, academic and research organizations. The Secret Service has always credited our accomplishments to the vital partnerships we enjoy and we look forward to working with and being a part of the Center (CAIMR) to address the ever changing landscape of transnational identity crimes." For more information, visit www.caimr.indiana.edu.
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