An Overview of International Cyber-Security Awareness Raising and Educational Initiatives (2011)

United States – Campaign 9 – Deter, Detect, Defend: Avoid ID Theft – Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

This is a ‘one-stop national resource to learn about the crime of identity theft. It provides detailed information to help [the public] deter, detect, and defend against identity theft...Consumers can learn how to avoid identity theft—an how to help their customers deal with identity theft, as well as how to prevent problems in the first place. Law enforcement can get resources and learn how to help victims of identity theft.’




Campaign Name:

Deter, Detect, Defend: Avoid ID Theft


Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

Main URL:


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Topics covered:


– About Identity Theft / – Deter ID Theft / – Detect ID Theft / – Defend against ID Theft / – Filing a complaint with the FTC / – Resolving Specific Identity Theft Issues / – Tools for victims /


– Assisting Victims / – Dealing with Data Breach / – Safeguarding information / – Business Publications / – Resources

Law Enforcement

- Investigations / – Helping Victims / – Publications / – Laws


– ID Theft for Military / – Active Duty Alerts / – Tools for Victims


– Press Release Archives / – How to write about ID Theft

Reference Desk

– National Data / – State Data / – Reports and Testimony / – Laws / – FTC Rule Making

Target Audience:

– Consumers

– Businesses

– Law Enforcement


– Online Literature

– Complaint Process

– Videos

– Online quizzes


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Additional Information:

This organization is a campaign sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission. The site offers visitors informational fact sheets on identity theft, videos on how to retain privacy, a procedure to follow if one is a victim of identity theft, and quizzes that allow people to evaluate their own knowledge about identity theft. The site’s primary aspiration is to help people deter, detect, and defend themselves against identity theft.


1. ‘Welcome to the FTC’s ID Theft Website’ <> (accessed 5 June 2010).