Merchants ID Theft Advisory Releases eBook on ID Theft, ID

Merchants ID Theft Advisory Releases eBook on ID Theft, ID Fraud
Prevention Best Practices for Small Business 
Features Insights From Merchants ID Theft Advisory Board Members From
Avnet, KPMG, the FBI, Cox, BBB, Others 
PHOENIX, AZ -- (Marketwire) -- 11/13/12 --    Giving the "good guys"
help to protect themselves from the ID Theft "bad guys," the
Merchants ID Theft Advisory Board ("Board") that includes executives
from Avnet, Inc., KPMG, the FBI, Cox, BBB and Merchants Information
Solutions ("Merchants") announced today the release of a Six Best
Practices eBook to help educate small businesses about how they can
protect themselves from the ever-increasing risk management issue of
Small Business ID Theft and Fraud. 
"It is not a matter of 'if' but 'when' an intrusion will be attempted
on your business computer system in an effort to steal your
customers' personal information," said John Iannarelli, FBI Assistant
Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) of the FBI Phoenix Division and
founding Board member. 
The March 2012 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report found that
nearly 75 percent of data breaches analyzed were businesses of 100
employees or less.  
"The six Small Business Best Practice Guides on ID Theft and Fraud
make up an eBook that offers basic recommendations in an easy to read
format so that business owners can focus on their business. Our board
created this eBook concept because most small businesses are not
aware of Small Business ID Theft and Fraud," explained Mark Pribish,
VP & ID Theft Practice Leader at Merchants and Chair of the Merchants
ID Theft Advisory Board. 
Recent examples of small business ID Theft and Fraud have involved
the use of a company's name, address, tax identification number, bank
accounts, credit cards, business credit information, or purchase
orders without the consent of the small business owner(s) resulting
stolen information and money. 
"With the high profile security incidents taking place each week, IT
security is no longer about relying on the IT team playing the role
of police officers. Rather, every employee has a responsibility to
keep the company safe. This eBook is designed to provide small
businesses with best practices to help them assess and reduce
potential IT security risks," said Steve Phillips, senior vice
resident and CIO, Avnet, Inc. and a founding member of the Merchants
ID Theft Advisory Board. 
"We have a remarkable Board comprised of world-leading companies and
law enforcement that bring tremendous intelligence and savvy to help
mitigate the epidemic problem of Small Business ID Theft and Fraud,"
said Russ Johnson, CEO Merchants. "With the release of our ID Theft
and Fraud eBook, small businesses across the U.S. can better protect
themselves," Johnson added. 
The Small Business ID Theft and Fraud eBook presents basic risk
management best practices on: Background Screening, Data Breach Risk
Management, Information Governance, Information Technology and
Security, Privacy and Security Law, and Social Media Risks. 
About the Merchants Advisory Board 
 The Merchants Advisory Board was
founded by Phoenix-based Merchants Information Solutions, Inc. in
2009. The Board's focus is to support community outreach in the form
of prevention and best practices related to Small Business ID Theft &
Fraud and Child ID Theft and Internet Safety and Security.  
Since 2009, Merchants released one of the first whitepapers ever
written on Small Business ID Theft and Fraud and created MKIDSS
(Merchants Kids Identity Safety & Security) to help educate students,
parents and teachers on ID Theft and Internet Safety. The
all-volunteer Merchants ID Theft Advisory Board consists of:  

--  Kent Ailes, VP Risk Management, Arizona Federal Credit Union
--  David Beauchamp, Partner, Bryan Cave, LLP
--  Michael Benoit, Partner, Hudson Cook, LLP
--  Russ Chacon, Senior Director, PayPal, Inc.
--  James Collins, VP Sales & Marketing, Merchants Information
    Solutions, Inc.
--  Lisa Daniels, Managing Partner, KPMG, LLP
--  John Iannarelli, Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC), FBI Phoenix
--  Russ Johnson, President & CEO, Merchants Information Solutions,
--  Christine Jones, former Chief Legal Counsel, Go Daddy Group &
    President, CNJ Management
--  Mike O'Shaughnessy, President, Guardian Pro, LLC
--  Gregg A. Ostro, President & CEO GO Media Companies, Board Co-Chair
--  Steve Phillips, senior vice president and CIO, Avnet, Inc.
--  Mark Pribish, VP & ID Theft Practice Leader, Merchants, Board
--  Alan Saquella, Security &Risk Management Executive, Cox
--  Scott Smith, President & Managing Director, NXG Strategies

About Merchants Information Solutions
 Merchants Information Solutions,
Inc. founded over a century ago is a nationally recognized leader in
ID Theft Restoration enterprise solutions and the exclusive provider
of the Merchants Integrity Test which is proven to reduce worker
compensation loss rates an average of 60%. Merchants is also a
national leader in background screening for employers and residential
communities. Merchants is honored to have as national spokespersons
Jerry Colangelo, international pro sports and business executive and
Harvey Mackay, NY Times bestselling business author and syndicated
Gregg Ostro 
Brooke Martin 
602.955.5656 x 231 
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