United Fire Group Expands Complimentary Commercial Breach Services for Business Policyholders

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United Fire Group expands complimentary commercial breach services for business policyholders.

IDentity Theft 911, the nation’s premier consultative provider of identity and data risk management, resolution and education services, today announced that longstanding partner United Fire Group has expanded their offering of IDentity Theft 911’s DataRiskStages™ services to select business policyholders at no charge.

According to "The Human Factor in Data Protection," by Ponemon Institute, small and midsize businesses (SMBs) have a higher risk of their employees mismanaging data than enterprises. Because of this, SMBs experience a higher rate of data breaches than larger enterprises. Recognizing the need for businesses to be protected, United Fire Group is providing DataRiskStages™ mitigation coverage to business clients as a complimentary service.

DataRiskStages™ provides proactive and reactive data breach services to clients, including access to IDentity Theft 911’s team of breach consulting experts and 24/7 access to a breach preparedness website. In addition, the firm acts fast to help avert a crisis when a breach takes place. Its experts will assess the severity and damage of the breach, advise on regulatory and consumer notification, and create action plans for responding quickly and efficiently.

Identify Theft 911 will also draft a customer-notification letter and, for larger breaches, help design and implement a password protected-website to communicate with those who are affected. Services also include computer forensics analysis, incident damage reviews and digital-evidence preservation.

“United Fire Group is continually looking for ways to enhance the value of the insurance products we offer to our agents and their clients,” said United Fire Group Vice President and Corporate Underwriting Manager Al Sorensen. “Teaming with IDentity Theft 911 allows our policyholders to take advantage of the data breach and identity-resolution services. These services include one-on-one access to a fraud specialist and, in the case of a data breach, assistance in responding to the situation.”

In the event of a data breach, small businesses can rely on IDentity Theft 911’s LifeStages™ Identity Management services to provide high-touch identity resolution assistance to victims. Fraud specialists cover a range of issues, from proactive measures to take throughout a person’s life to true identity theft and account takeovers. The fraud specialists work one-on-one with victims and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week until resolution is complete.

“We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with United Fire Group to provide their policyholders with comprehensive data risk management services,” said Matt Cullina, CEO, IDentity Theft 911. “Businesses face a host of inconveniences and potential legal penalties when they experience a breach. United Fire Group policyholders can now rest assured that any data risk occurrence will be properly managed and resolved.”

To see if you qualify for complimentary data breach services, please refer to your designated agent or broker for more information.

About IDentity Theft 911
Founded in 2003, IDentity Theft 911 is the nation's premier consultative provider of identity and data risk management, resolution and education services. The company serves 13 million households 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. Since 2005, the company has helped more than 150,000 businesses manage data breaches. IDentity Theft 911's management team has more than 200 years of insurance and financial experience, having served at companies such as AIG, Liberty Mutual, MetLife, Allstate, FM Global, and other leading institutions. For more information, please visit http://www.idt911.com,
http://www.facebook.com/idt911 and http://twitter.com/idt911.

About United Fire Group
Founded in 1946 as United Fire & Casualty Company, United Fire Group, Inc., through its insurance company subsidiaries, is engaged in the business of writing property and casualty insurance and life insurance and selling annuities. Our company's net premiums written totaled $375.8 million for the six-month period ended June 30, 2012, and our market capitalization was $542.5 million at June 30, 2012.

Through our subsidiaries, we are licensed as a property and casualty insurer in 43 states, plus the District of Columbia, and we are represented by more than 1,200 independent agencies. The United Fire pooled group is rated "A" (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company.

Our subsidiary, United Life Insurance Company, is licensed in 36 states, represented by more than 900 independent life agencies and rated an "A-" (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company.

For more information about United Fire Group, Inc. visit http://www.unitedfiregroup.com.

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