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ANSI and BBB Name Chair for New ID Theft Prevention Standards Panel

New York, Nov 07, 2006

Joseph V. Gurreri, vice president, solutions development and consulting at TransUnion, has been selected by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Better Business Bureau as chair of the Identity Theft Prevention and Identity Management Standards Panel (IDSP). Jointly administered by ANSI and the BBB, the IDSP is the first initiative of its kind to take a cross-sector approach to facilitating the timely development of voluntary consensus standards that will assist businesses, government and consumers in minimizing the scope and scale of identity theft and fraud.

Gurreri brings more than twenty years of experience developing strategic solutions to identity-related issues. At TransUnion, he oversees a team of subject matter experts responsible for the delivery of comprehensive tools and strategies relating to identity fraud and identity management, collections and risk management. Prior to joining TransUnion in 2002, Gurreri held a number of management positions of increasing responsibility in the industry having to do with identity management issues.

“In our search for a chairman, we looked to identify an individual with demonstrated expertise and leadership in the marketplace on the issues involved,” said ANSI senior vice president and chief operating officer Frances Schrotter. “We are confident that Joseph Gurreri has the skills and experience necessary to move the panel forward in its strategic objectives.”

The IDSP is a multi-stakeholder group that intends to identify, catalogue and compile within 12-18 months the gamut of existing relevant standards and guidelines into a widely accessible single resource, and to identify areas where there is a need for new or updated standards to be developed. TransUnion is one of nine founding partner organizations joining ANSI and BBB in this effort, along with AT&T, ChoicePoint, Citi, Dell Inc., Intersections Inc., Microsoft, Staples, Inc., and Visa U.S.A.

“Identity theft and fraud are timely marketplace trust issues,” said Steven Cole, BBB system president and CEO. “I am eager to get on with the work of the IDSP, and naming our panel chair is an important step and signals our readiness to move forward in the IDSP process.”

The IDSP will gather for its first plenary meeting, November 16-17 in Arlington, VA, to open discussions on standards-based solutions to a range of identity-related concerns [See related article: IDSP to Hold Inaugural Meeting: Stakeholders Respond to Identity Fraud and Management Issues].

Participation in the IDSP is open to all affected parties. Representatives from industry, standards development organizations, consumer groups, government agencies, trade and professional associations, organized labor, academia and other interested groups are invited to join.

For information about membership in the IDSP, please visit the panel's website (

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