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Data Security in 2016: The Good, The Bad, The Takeaways

Data Security 2016

As we round out the current year, the data security world is buzzing with year-end reports and data security predictions for 2017. 

From cybercrime to payments fraud — identity crimes took a dramatic turn in 2016. This year-end data paints a telling story of the state of data security. Some changes were for the best, others for the worst. However, there are a few qualitative findings that offer even more insight into the future. Continue reading

Discover the Rewards of a Winning Company Culture

Company culture

How do you begin your search for the right business partner, and what do you use to evaluate whether or not the prospect will meet your needs?

This isn’t as difficult of a task as it may seem. Just find out what your prospective partners are made of. They should be transparent enough that you can do that with ease.

At EZShield, we pride ourselves on such transparency by walking you through exactly what we can offer you and your customers. This clarity, that helped us earn a BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Excellence in 2015, guides partners and customers through our messaging and ensures they are aware of how our services work.

Let’s take a look at one of the most valuable rewards of working with EZShield: our unique company culture.

We recognize the vital importance of our team and are focused on providing the highest level of identity protection services and support. We are committed to building and maintaining the right team to deliver the best in comprehensive solutions for you and your customers.

This means…

  • We employ individuals who care about what they do, how they do it and who they serve — developing and rewarding performance excellence.
  • We respect all viewpoints and encourage collaboration to regularly gauge a wide range of perspectives.
    • We communicate openly to remain aware of changing needs that could affect employees, partners and customers.
  • We recognize the benefits of a positive atmosphere where we can all do our best work. 
  • We celebrate our achievements, both individual and team-oriented.

Most recently, we have been thrilled to celebrate winning Baltimore SmartCEO’s 2016 Corporate Culture Award. This award recognizes companies that “have successfully championed a positive, productive and performance-driven culture, and have worked with their employees to develop successful cultural practices.”

We are proud to have earned this distinction, particularly because it highlights the incredible environment we nurture in our office. We urge you to get to know more about how our thriving company culture and other extensive offerings can benefit you and your customers.

Learn more about how our thriving company culture and other extensive offerings can benefit you and your customers.

Explore our website to find out how we work with partners to develop custom programs, and check out our resources page to learn more about our comprehensive identity protection services.

What You Need to Know Before Choosing an Identity Protection Provider

Choosing an Identity Protection Provider

In the first six months of 2016, the number of U.S. data breaches soared to over 630 — a rate that puts breaches on pace to overtake last year’s count. Data breaches alone in 2015 resulted in over 169 million stolen records. This impact leads to rampant fraud and identity theft and leaves millions of consumers in dire need of help. That’s where the right identity protection provider comes into play. 

An identity protection provider shouldn’t just offer a speedy solution, but one that fits the particular needs of victims. The ever growing problem of information exposure calls for services that deliver a comprehensive approach to resolve identity crime threats.

To help organizations determine how to meet those demands, the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and its Identity Theft Service Best Practices Working Group have developed a valuable checklist that helps organizations uncover issues that could stem from a data breach incident. Following these guidelines can help maintain best practices and assist you in choosing the best identity protection provider for your specific needs.

Ready to discover the best identity protection provider so that you can secure the data of your consumer and small business customers? Read the CFA press release “Rising Number of Data Breaches Increases Threat of Identity Fraud” for critical identity protection insight.

CFA 2016 Checklist

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Reputable Identity Protection: It’s What’s Inside That Counts

Reputable Identity Protection August 2016

As kids, we’re given many nuggets of wisdom. One that continues to ring true throughout our lives is that it’s what’s inside that counts.

Follow this same sound advice when selecting reputable identity protection for your customers to ensure the greatest satisfaction and success of your program.

A recent study found that 34 percent of consumers would either discontinue business or give less business to a company where their information had been compromised.

Similar to test driving a car, you should experience identity protection services firsthand. Delve into how it works inside and out to gain valuable insight to what you and your customers can expect.

We invite you to peel back the layers to see how we secure, monitor and restore customers’ identities. We want to reveal to you the inner workings of what makes our service so effective.

You’ll find our Online Identity Vault™, which offers your customers encrypted data storage, password management and a vital mechanism to monitor their stored information.  You will also discover a highly-trained team of professionals dedicated to delivering comprehensive and reputable identity protection solutions around the clock.

While you’re getting acquainted with the service benefits, it’s important to keep in mind that your customers have lots of choices. Providing them with our identity protection gives them another great reason to choose you. It’s a matter of strengthening your competitive advantage in the marketplace, which our ID Restoration Pro service does with ease.

EZShield is the key differentiator that will add meaningful value for your customers and a new revenue stream for your organization.

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Meeting the Identity Protection Needs of Your Small Business Customers

Small Business Customers Partner Blog _July 2016

Think you understand your small business customers? What about their need for protection against identity theft and fraud?

Whether SMBs voice it or not, it is unquestionable, yet sometimes overlooked, that they need identity protection too. Small business owners have twice the risk of fraud since they are faced with a high degree of identity crimes risks.

Consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers found that 45 percent of U.S. organizations have experienced some form of fraud over the past few years. According to the AFP, 57 percent of small businesses (under $1B revenue) suffered at least a six-digit fraud loss in 2015.

You don’t have to ask your small business customers if they need help. The statistics show that they are such prime targets for identity theft and fraud that you must be prepared to do what you can to help protect them before an incident is even suspected.

This means understanding how SMBs are being impacted by fraud and identity theft by being attentive to these risks. We help you do this by providing awareness and education, following trends and conducting research — the very focus of our blog Fighting Identity Crimes and the content we deliver through monthly communications and timely alerts to your customers. 

We convey vital information via email as well as give you the option to have our tips and posts appear directly on your website from our Live Fraud Feed. Use it to enhance your site’s education center or to serve as your main source of information.

Regardless of how you approach SMB customers, education is the key first step to identity protection. It sets a proactive course, which is the best defense any individual or business has against unrelenting identity thieves and fraudsters.

Take a look at some examples of how we engage and educate your small business customers. 

As a proponent and powerhouse for data security, we keep a pulse on the inundation of scams that threaten identities. From seemingly simple scenarios involving scam calls or text messages to sophisticated phishing methods, we aim to inform consumers and small businesses of how to avoid becoming victims. Our post New Phishing, Scams Tactics Tougher to Detect reflects on the illegitimate ways criminals are lurking online under the veil of everyday websites.  

Among the strengths of being an identity protection expert, we examine identity crimes from every angle. This includes the way businesses may be inadvertently impacted by them, such as when their employees experience personal identity theft or fraud. We address this issue of a small business becoming collateral damage in Don’t Let Employee Identity Theft Become a Business Problem.

Internal data compromise remains the most common risk for businesses. Recently, we delved into the persistent havoc being wreaked via malicious emails targeting finance and HR departments. Under the guise of coming from the CEO or another legitimate sender, these emails have led to $2.3 billion in losses to U.S. businesses in just a 7-month period. Learn more about it in Stay On Top of Business Email Compromise.

Now that you have a clearer view of the potential threats that could be challenging your SMB customers, let us help you meet their need for identity protection with our award-winning solutions.

Learn more about our solutions with a free demo to see how we can put our solutions to work for you, and also discover how we can help boost your bottom line.

Why Should Award-Winning Identity Protection Service Matter to You?

Partner Blog_Javelin logo_June 2016

When you’re the recipient of an award, it’s exciting and motivational. If you’re an award-winning business, you celebrate the accomplishment as a team and appreciate being acknowledged for the tremendous collaborative effort. All in all, it’s a very meaningful experience for everyone involved. This is most certainly the case for EZShield with our recent and third consecutive win as Best Overall Identity Protection Leader from Javelin Strategy & Research. 

Celebrations aside, what does this award mean for you — an entity in the market for identity protection service?

It means that by partnering with us, you have a reputable, valuable and convenient service at your disposable to secure, monitor and restore your customers’ identities.

Reputable
You can rely on our strong reputation as an identity protection provider. We have, and continue to deliver industry-leading, high-value solutions for a multitude of identity crimes targeting consumers and small businesses. We have grown from a single strong check fraud protection service to a comprehensive identity protection provider receiving top rankings in prevention, detection and resolution. This enables our partners to help protect their customers’ identities with this same reliable and reputable service.

Valuable
Delivering what consumers and small businesses need and want drives value. They want low cost service, which we package just for you. They need service that’s always on and ready to tackle identity crimes as they occur. That’s why we’re available 24/7. Our U.S.-based certified Resolution Specialists provide one-on-one dedicated care in the event of fraud or identity theft, even working on behalf of the customer if desired. 

While your customers are appreciating this outstanding assistance, you’ll value the added revenue stream and customer retention that our service generates.

Convenient
Our convenience to partners begins with seamless program implementation and customer integration that continues through comprehensive service delivery and regular communications. We follow stringent methods to collect, store and dispose of data, using triple-layer encryption to ensure the highest level of security. 

For our partners’ customers, our convenience hinges on our 24/7 customer support. Additionally, we offer our mobile app DashAccess for on-the-go account access and visibility. Timely tips, vital alerts and monthly educational content combine to deliver the ultimate in accessibility and confidence.

Now that you’re aware of the benefits that EZShield has to offer, are you ready to enjoy the rewards? Schedule a demo to experience the award-winning service you can extend to your customers.

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