The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) recently announced a cross-sector team partnership to prevent and respond to identity theft and fraud through a single resource of standards and guidelines. The nine founding, high-profile partners are: AT&T, Citi, ChoicePoint, Dell Inc., Intersections Inc., Microsoft, Staples Inc., TransUnion and Visa U.S.A.
As reported in the group's news release, this "initiative leverages ANSI's unique expertise as coordinator of the U.S. standards and conformity assessment system with BBB's extensive experience in advancing trust in the marketplace." The panel has set an aggressive timetable of 12-18 months to produce a comprehensive, cross-sector set of requirements and best practices to help any organization protect the confidential personal data of employees and customers.
The panel also seeks the involvement of standards development organizations, trade and professional associations, government agencies, consumer groups, organized labor, academia and other interested groups.
More information is available on the ANSI website.