GuideOne Insurance Selects IDentity Theft 911 to Offer Data Breach Services and Protection to Niche Markets

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GuideOne Insurance to offer DataRiskStages™ services to policyholders who purchase the company’s new cyber liability coverage

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GuideOne Insurance today announced that it has selected IDentity Theft 911 to offer DataRiskStages™ services to its higher education institution, K-12 schools and senior living community (SLC) policyholders who purchase the company’s new cyber liability coverage. IDentity Theft 911 will work with GuideOne Insurance to provide proactive and reactive support to customers purchasing cyber liability coverage, including guidance in creating a breach response strategy, as well as access to IDentity Theft 911’s team of data breach experts.

“Data breaches have become the norm in our ever-changing digital world,” said Lee Pallardy, vice president of commercial lines, GuideOne Insurance. “IDentity Theft 911 understands the risks niche markets face, as well as the potential impact they can have to their business and community. We are excited to provide a cyber liability coverage option to our customers and to work with IDentity Theft 911 to protect them from cyber breach threats occurring in the first place.”

Since 2003, IDentity Theft 911 has provided identity management solutions to insurance carriers, banks and credit unions, employers, and individuals. The company’s LifeStages™ Identity Management services address identity theft and fraud risks based on specific vulnerabilities. IDentity Theft 911’s DataRiskStages™ division helps businesses avoid, prepare and respond to data breaches.

“Any organization that collects personal information is at-risk for exposing sensitive data,” said Matt Cullina, CEO, IDentity Theft 911. “Thieves have shifted their focus from large companies to smaller institutions because they typically can fly under the radar. Through this relationship, GuideOne is able to protect their customers by providing the tools to help avoid a breach and swiftly recover should one occur.”

GuideOne Insurance will provide IDentity Theft 911 expertise to its customers purchasing cyber liability coverage, which helps minimize the chance of a breach and better safeguard personally identifiable information (PII) and protected health information (PHI) for students, SLC residents and employees. A breach preparedness website includes legal requirements by state, a how-to guide for creating a data breach incident response plan, and guidance on steps to take in the event of a breach. In the event of a breach, IDentity Theft 911’s team of experts can help assess whether a breach has occurred, determine its severity, and consult on next steps to address the situation.

To learn more about GuideOne’s higher education institution, K-12 schools or SLC policy options, which can now include cyber liability coverage, visit guideone.com and click on the appropriate coverage tab or “Find an Agent.”

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 personnel have more than 200 years of insurance and financial experience, having served at companies such as AIG, Liberty Mutual, MetLife, All State, FM Global, and other leading institutions. IDentity Theft 911 is the proud recipient of several awards, including the Stevie Award for Sales and Customer Service and the Parent Tested, Parent Approved award for social networking monitoring tool SocialScout.

About GuideOne Insurance
Founded in 1947 and headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa, GuideOne Insurance is one of the nation's largest church insurers, with about 43,000 church policyholders. GuideOne also insures private schools and colleges, as well as senior living communities. In 1999, the company created the GuideOne Center for Risk Management® in order to help churches and faith-based organizations safeguard their ministries. This effort was expanded in 2008 with the launch of SafeChurch®, the most comprehensive church risk management resource available. GuideOne's personal lines products include auto and homeowners insurance. GuideOne is licensed to do business in all 50 states and markets its products and services through nearly 1,600 independent and career agents. The company carries an A "Excellent" rating from A.M. Best and was named to the 2011 and 2012 Ward’s Top 50 Performing Insurance Companies.

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