These days, data and identity theft is not at all uncommon. It seems as though there’s at least one high-public case every day about a cybercriminal breaking into some large enterprise’s systems and putting customer information at risk. And it’s even more typical for a credit card or other personal information to fall into the wrong hands. Unless a person is exceptionally careful with how and where they use a bank card, everyone is at risk of data or identity theft.
Ways to prevent such instances from occurring vary, but the United States has decided to take matters into its own hands and make a change. Since this has become such a prevalent issue, from the everyday citizen to government agencies, institutions such as the Federal Investigations Bureau and Internal Revenue Service have made concerted efforts to combat the ever-growing cybercrime community in the U.S. as well as foreign threats.
FBI fights back
In light of recent major hacking events, such as Target and Home Depot, the FBI has expanded operations of the Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch that now includes an associate executive assistant, reported PYMNTS. The source indicated that the FBI has been experiencing troubles attempting to keep up with the sophistication of the growing threats in the cyber division.
The instatement of a new position is meant to foster better communication between the FBI and other departments fighting to keep data and identities where they are supposed to be.
The IRS is interested in more than just taxes these days. The agency is joining the pack of other government-driven forces to combat the growing rate of identity theft in the U.S., according to The Wall Street Journal. The source noted that over $26 million has been traced to fraud coming from Eastern European countries alone, not including the cases of theft originating in the U.S.
The IRS will mainly focus on suspicious activity reports that have filed with anonymous “dark net” groups.
Despite the efforts that these agencies have and will make in the name of data and identity safety, it’s unlikely that they will work 100 percent of the time. It’s always the best practice to back up and protect sensitive data. From the average citizen to a CEO, no person is safe from tenacious cybercriminals. If the best offense is a good defense, back up important information so that nothing is ever truly lost.