Fostering A Secure Tomorrow (FAST)

The Problem

Young people in foster care face a range of unique risks when it comes to identity protection and cybersecurity.

Foster youth move frequently and their personal information gets passed from person to person, making them targets for identity theft.

What Symantec is Doing to Help

Fortunately, Symantec is equipped to address these challenges. That’s why we’ve launched Fostering A Secure Tomorrow (FAST) – an initiative to curb the risks faced by foster youth.

We’re investing in identity theft protections for foster youth by presenting new volunteer opportunities for our employees and partnering with nonprofit community organizations to provide online resources, in-person training, educational information and other tools to help protect young people against identity theft and other related cyber risks.

Education

We’re hosting in-person trainings, workshops and webinars; and offering free online resources and toolkits to educate and help change behaviors that could make foster youth more vulnerable to identity theft.

Tools

We’re donating easy-to-use security software to our nonprofit partners to help keep foster kids’ identifiable information safe.

Services

For young people whose identities may have been compromised, we will help with our LifeLock restoration services at no charge. Such services could include helping to determine if the foster child has an active credit file with any of the major credit bureaus, assisting with placing fraud alerts on the child’s credit report, or contacting businesses where the child’s information may have been misused to request the fraudulent accounts be closed and noted for the presence of identity theft.

Our Partners and Programs

To maximize our reach, we’re working with local and national nonprofits to help young people in need. Our goal for 2018 is to have tailored programs with the following partners:

  • The Bill Wilson Center in Santa Clara, California
    The Bill Wilson Center provides housing, education, counseling, and advocacy services to more than 6,300 children, young adults and families.
  • Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK) in Tempe, Arizona  
    AASK recruits, trains and supports adults serving as mentors, as well as families building relationships with children through adoption and foster care.
  • Promises2Kids in San Diego, California
    Promises2Kids responds to the needs of foster children and provides support to children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect.
  • ITRC (Identity Theft Resource Center) in San Diego, California
    The ITRC is a non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft in resolving their cases, and to broaden public education and awareness in the understanding of identity theft, data breaches, cyber security, scams/fraud and privacy issues. Symantec is excited to be working with the ITRC on research and will be releasing future data on this issue.

Outside Resources Recommended for these Issues

Handouts and Collateral

Presentations and Videos

  • The Smart Talk gets parents and kids together for a conversation about being responsible with new technology.
  • Stay Safe Online has resources, presentations and other educational materials focusing in online safety for children, educators and businesses.
  • ConnectSafely is dedicated to educating users of connected technology about safety, privacy and security. Here you’ll find research-based safety tips, parents’ guidebooks, advice, news and commentary on all aspects of tech use and policy.
  • Center for Identity through the University of Texas brings a virtual world of identity theft protection and recovery kits, games, IDWise Risk Kit App, and several other useful tools.
  • iKeepSafe includes safety, security and ethics tools and resources for helping families and educators teach children to use the internet safely and wisely.

Victim Assistance

  • The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has a one-stop resource to help report and recover from identity theft.
  • The National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) is a nonprofit that provides services for those who are victims as well as training for advocates and those who work with victims.
  • The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) is a nonprofit that provides victim resources, identity theft protection tips and information on scams and alerts.
  • Information pertaining to financial fraud is provided by FINRA. Visit www.saveandinvest.org for free resources and tools related to victims of financial fraud.
  • Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network has an ID Theft Toolkit that includes outreach and training material that are downloadable to help in assisting victims.
  • The ID Theft Help App, funded by a grant from the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime, includes interactive quizzes to assist consumers in recognizing their level of risk of identity theft and push notifications to inform consumers about risks to their personal information, such as scams and data breaches. The app continues to offer resources for users at no cost, including direct access to victim advisors for personalized assistance. The app’s existing case-log feature provides identity theft victims with up-to-date contact information for financial institutions, government agencies and law enforcement, and provides an exportable document of all actions taken.

Email CR@symantec.com with any questions.