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Karen Barney is Program Director for the Identity Theft Resource Center, a position which keeps her directly involved with most of the public output of the ITRC and all the collaborative efforts of the center. Karen is a writer/editor of ITRC website content, directs the social media efforts and all other media coordination, and manages collaborative efforts with a wide variety of partners and sponsors. Since joining the ITRC in 2002, she has spent much of this time researching, writing and editing documents and articles developed to educate consumers and victims on identity theft and related issues. Karen also oversees the day-to-day updates of the ITRC Breach Report, getting first hand awareness of the data breach activity as it occurs. In addition, she is an active participant in most of the ITRC partnerships on cyber-security efforts, at both the local and national level. Committed to educating the public about identity theft, Karen often presents to civic and community organizations on cyber-security risks, consumer and business best practices, and protection of personal information. Prior to joining the ITRC, she was in the public affairs department of the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau. Karen also has the experience provided by 10 years of public relations and marketing in her own business. Karen can be contacted at 858-444-3286 or Karen@idtheftcenter.org

Protecting high-risk information in EHRs...

Jul 03 2012 by
Our guest blogger this week is Karen Barney of the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC). According to one recent study, more than 19 million health records have been compromised since August 2009.  As the health care industry moves into the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs), medical breaches have become a more significant concern. These studies strive to establish a business case for health...

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Password management...

Jun 19 2012 by
Our guest blogger this week is Karen Barney of the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC). The rise of online functionality and connectivity has in turn given rise to online security issues, which create the need for passwords and other defenses against information theft.  Most people today have multiple online accounts and accompanying passwords to protect those accounts.  I personally have accounts (and passwords) for...

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The data breach reporting landscape – part 1...

Feb 28 2012 by
Our guest blogger this week is Karen Barney of the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC). As an organization specializing in monitoring and tracking data breaches, the ITRC has come across varying degrees of breaches and reasons for notification due to the varying types of compromised information. We would like to take this opportunity to address some of the differences and provide some insight into our approach for...

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Year of the breach: 2011 in review...

Dec 20 2011 by
Our guest blogger this week is Karen Barney of the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC). The number of breaches reported so far in 2011 is down from 2010, yet 2011 is still considered by many to be yet another “Year of the Breach”.    Several high profile events throughout the year have kept the spotlight on the issue of data exposures, especially those where millions of consumers information was obtained by...

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What consumers should know about data breach notification...

Nov 02 2011 by
Our guest blogger this week is Karen Barney of the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC). It can be unnerving to be told that your information has been compromised in a data breach.  The uncertainty of not knowing all the details and the anxiety over what information has been exposed is deeply troubling to many consumers.  A breach notice makes us aware of a new risk to our lives that we can’t measure...

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Ensuring the security of personal identifiable information...

Sep 27 2011 by
Everywhere you turn these days there’s word of a new data breach.  Your old college – archives hacked.  Your dentist’s office – files stolen.  The local retailer – credit cards skimmed.  Government offices – accidental posting of information online. In the course of our lifetime, our “personal identifying information (PII)” is shared with hundreds of companies, governmental agencies, educational...

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