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Information Security and Identity Theft Policy


Registration Cost:

$69 USD Register Now

Course Start Date:

Upon registration Preview Course for Free

Course Access Time:

90 days


Course Description

Professionals in the insurance, law enforcement, financial services, education, healthcare, and other industries need to be trained and certified in information security to meet federal and state best practices. This short Internet class provides professionals with the necessary security and Identity theft awareness training and awards a certificate upon successful completion. This user-friendly class is designed to guide students through each module at their own pace. We have included video clips and other visual material to make the class interesting as well as practical.

Learning Outcome

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

• Have competence about the serious and growing threat of ID theft.
• Understand techniques for lowering the risk and exposure of ID theft.
• Be familiar with the laws and regulations pertaining to data and ID theft.
• Compare and contrast different types of ID theft (insurance, financial, medical, driver’s license, social security and criminal).
• Be aware of products on the market that assist you with managing their risks associated with ID theft.
• Understand future ID theft threats.

Course Outline

The course includes 9 self-paced modules that you can learn on your own time. Each module video is between 15 – 30 minutes. The amount of readings from the book and other materials varies for each module.

  • Module 1: Getting Started
  • Module 2: The Crisis of Identify Theft
  • Module 3: The History of Identify Theft
  • Module 4: Financial Schemes & Endless Scams
  • Module 5: Why Computer Incidents Are So Prevalent
  • Module 6: Corporate & Business Obligations
  • Module 7: Laws & Policies for Business
  • Module 8: Product Comparison
  • Module 9: Future of Identify Theft

Course Procedures

The course begins the date we receive your registration and payment. Upon receiving your payment, we will send you a username and password to access the course Web site. All course work must be  completed within 12 months of that date. The $69 (USD) non-refundable registration fee must be paid in advance to Iowa State University. The fee also includes the required textbook. You will receive the book in the mail. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.


Each module contains a quiz (10 multiple choice questions each) that covers the books and other materials provided in the course.  To receive a certification, you must score 90% or more in each quiz.

Course Material

The Silent Crime

The Silent Crime

“The Silent Crime: What You Need To Know About Identity Theft” (ISBN: 9780977326013), authored by Steffen Schmidt and Mike McCoy. This book speaks about identity theft, a vicious crime that breaks the spirit of its victims. Learn what can be done to reduce the risk and how to recover from such a loss. This book is included as part of the registration cost.


Schmidt and McCoy specifically collected course materials from government, private, and public sectors to teach you most current information about the topic of information security and identify theft.  They also interviewed various information security experts to share their views of what’s happening in security issues.  All materials will be updated often to reflect a nature of information security news and trends.


Michael McCoy

Michael McCoy

Michael McCoy is the co-director of The Identity Theft Prevention Institute and is a licensed insurance agent. Mr. McCoy is the Co-Author of a book on Identity Theft, Who Is You: The Coming Epidemic of Identity Theft, and is a national instructor and corporate/law enforcement lecturer/consultant. He designed and teaches the first of its kind national continuing education class on the subject, and is a regular contributor on McCoy is a recipient and the lead researcher of the 2007 and 2008 National Science Foundation (NSF) and Iowa State University Center for Information Protection (CIP) grant to study the effects of identity theft on corporations as it relates to the behavior of the individual employee. Michael McCoy can be reached by email at,
Steffen Schmidt, PhD

Steffen Schmidt, PhD

Steffen Schmidt, Ph.D is professor of Political Science at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. He is the author of 11 books including the best-selling American Government college Textbook, American Government and Politics Today. He is also a professor in the Information Assurance program, one of the national excellence centers for the training of students in information technology security. Schmidt has been “Dr. Politics” for 16 years on WOI Public Radio. He is a frequent lecturer including seminars for private corporations. He is a contractor for the US Department of State and Turner Broadcasting Media. Schmidt is also a commentator for CNN in Spanish, the BBC, and other major international media. To contact Steffen Schmidt, email:

Contact Information

Contact or call 1-800-854-1675 for more information.