IDT911 CEO to Participate in FTC Child Identity Theft Forum as Expert Panelist

Thursday, July 07, 2011

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Attorney, Federal Trade Commission

For Immediate Release

IDT911 CEO to Participate in FTC Child Identity Theft Forum as Expert Panelist

Matt Cullina, CEO of IDT911, will speak on the issue of foster youth and child identity theft at Stolen Futures: A Forum on Child Identity Theft, a free and public event sponsored by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice  

WASHINGTON, D.C. - July 7, 2011

Matt Cullina, chief executive officer of IDT911, the nation’s premier identity management and data risk management services provider, will serve as an expert panelist at “Stolen Futures: A Forum on Child Identity Theft”. Coordinated by the Federal Trade Commission and the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, the forum will discuss child identity theft, including foster care identity theft and identity theft within families.

The forum is free and open to the public and occurs on July 12 from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the FTC Conference Center at 601 New Jersey Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C.  The forum will also be available live online at Cullina will be speaking on the 10:00 a.m. panel titled: “Children at Risk: Foster Care and Beyond”.

Drawing from his research and market knowledge as CEO of a leading identity resolution service provider, as well as his personal experience as a foster parent, Cullina will discuss the particular issues foster children face, including familial fraud and vulnerabilities specific to this population.  He will also discuss simple changes to keep kids’ identities safer and provide tips and advice for parents to protect their kids.

“It is imperative that parents understand how to reduce the risk of their child becoming an identity theft victim,” said FTC attorney Lisa Schifferle.

“Child identity theft is a growing issue across the board, and foster youth are particularly susceptible because of the transitory nature of their lives,” said Cullina. “As a company specializing in this area, we know that simple changes, including educating the caretaker, can reduce the prevalence of this problem.”

In addition to spreading awareness about the identity theft risks foster youth face, Cullina is working with several groups in California to conduct educational identity management sessions for foster youth in the Los Angeles area. Cullina has also been an active contributor on the legislative front by working with Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin on passing a bill to protect foster youth from financial abuse.

To learn about the forum, please visit the “Stolen Futures: A Forum on Child Identity Theft” website. Read more about child identity theft, as well as tips to keep your child safe on

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