Identity Theft 911 Veteran Expert Speaks to Insurance Professionals about Identity Theft and Data Breach Protection

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Insurance industry veteran and identity protection expert David Speciale leads a professional continuing education program on identity theft, data breach and privacy protection for Ohio’s premiere independent insurance providers. Speciale will discuss the Red Flags rule, breach security and how a properly planned breach notification program can prevent costly identity theft related damages.

We’re proud to work with organizations that focus on educating agents and professionals on the emerging risks of identity theft and data breach.

Identity Theft 911 Director of Business Development David Speciale will lead Ohio insurance professionals through industry-proven best privacy protection practices, data breach security and information security compliance regulations at the Wayne Mutual and Washington Mutual Insurance Annual Agents and Managers Meeting on Oct. 11 in Newark, Ohio.

Identity theft has been the first item on the Federal Trade Commission’s list of consumer complaints for the last 10 years. According to the 2010 Javelin Identity Fraud Survey Report, more than 11 million cases were reported in 2009. That’s nearly four percent of U.S. population, with a new theft committed every three seconds.

“Identity thieves are consistently changing tactics and annually separating businesses from hundreds of millions of dollars,” Speciale said. “Wayne Mutual and Washington Mutual should be commended for stepping up their education on these growing crimes.”

“Our agents are looking forward to learning more about identity theft and the services Identity Theft 911 provides to assist their customers,” said Dale Tschantz, the marketing manager with Wayne Mutual.

Identity Theft 911 partners with businesses and governments to fight cybercriminals with the latest in breach security, data breach notification, information compliance, computer incident response and identity theft management. Speciale will lead a two-hour, continuing-education credit for the Ohio agents that highlight trends in identity theft, privacy protection and the changing compliance landscape.

“We’re excited to have this partnership with Wayne Mutual and Washington Mutual Insurance,” said Identity Theft 911 CEO Matt Cullina. “We’re proud to work with organizations that focus on educating agents and professionals on the emerging risks of identity theft and data breach.”

With Identity Theft 911’s LifeStages Identity Protection Services, when identity theft occurs, each policyholder receives dedicated access to a fraud specialist for personalized, one-to-one assistance. The same fraud specialist works with the victim from the first call until the case is resolved. The Breach Services program provides the same level of care to businesses, with 24/7-access to highly trained fraud specialists who assist with credit fraud alerts, notify creditors and handle inquiries prompted by the notification.

A former insurance industry executive, educated in the law, Speciale brings more than a decade of experience in breach security and information management to help businesses secure their data. Speciale has held senior management positions throughout the United States with Allstate Insurance Company and internationally with AIG as Vice President for South East Asia.

About Wayne Mutual and Washington Mutual Insurance Companies

Wayne Mutual operates Ohio’s premier statewide network of independent insurance agencies, offering a full line of tailored insurance programs, ranging from automobile and homeowners insurance to commercial, rent dwelling and disaster coverage. Founded in 1878, Washington Mutual is one of Ohio’s most historic insurance providers. In 2009 Washington Mutual signed an affiliation agreement with Wayne Mutual and the two companies now work closely together, but continue to operate as separate entities.

About Identity Theft 911

Identity Theft 911is the nation’s premier identity theft and data breach management, resolution and education service. The company serves more than 36 million people across the country and provides fraud solutions for a range of organizations—including Fortune 500 companies, the country’s largest insurance companies, corporate benefit providers, banks and credit unions and membership organizations. For more information, visit and our Knowledge Center at


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