Tips for Ensuring Your Company
Protects Your Personal Information
by Colleen Malmassari, SHRM-CP, PHR
How can I ensure my company protects personal employee information?
Identity theft has been a growing problem in the U.S. for the past few years. It can be difficult for victims to deal with these issues because theft methods are becoming more and more sophisticated. Individuals should safeguard their personal information if they want to avoid identity theft scenarios in 2023. Here are some alarming statistics from 2021:
- Losses from identity theft cost Americans $5.8 billion
- The FTC received 5.7 million total fraud and identity theft reports, 1.4 million of those were consumer identity theft cases
- $2.8 billion of losses were from imposter scams and $392 million were from consumer online shopping
- Fraud cases are up 70% from 2020
- 33% of Americans Faced Some Form of Identity Theft at Some Point in Their Lives
Concerned about whether or not your personal information is being kept secure? I recommend reviewing this article from SHRM which outlines some helpful tips on how you can ensure your information and identity are being protected by your employer.
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Colleen Malmassari, SHRM-CP, PHR
HR Consulting Services Manager
Colleen graduated from Central Washington University with bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Spanish. She began my career in public accounting, providing assurance and tax services to many agricultural family-run businesses. About six years into her public accounting career, she became involved in recruiting and was instantaneously hooked on honing her skills in the Human Resources field.
For the past decade, she has helped lead HR teams at two different large Agriculture family-run businesses and in 2021, she joined Larson Gross to implement and lead the firm’s HR consulting services practice, helping clients cultivate their businesses and create improved workplaces for their team members.