Adam Levin is a consumer advocate with more than 40 years of experience in security, privacy, personal finance, real estate and government service. A former director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, Adam is chairman and founder of CyberScout and co-founder of Credit.com. He is the author of “Swiped: How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers, Phishers, and Identity Thieves.”
Adam is an expert on cyber security, identity management and identity theft resolution. He wrote a weekly column for Huffington Post and ABC.com, and frequently contributes to other major media outlets such as Yahoo! AOL, MSN, Business Insider and TIME. He has also been a contributor to The Hill, Hollywood Reporter, WIRED and Bloomberg View. He is a frequent guest on television, and has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business News, Good Morning America, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox & Friends, CBS Evening News, ABC World News Tonight, and scores of radio stations throughout the country. His own show, Credit Line with Adam Levin, ran on KFWB in Los Angeles.
During the time he served as Director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, he was responsible for the passage and promulgation of more than 40 laws and regulations, and considered one of the most important voices in consumer protection in the United States. He has consulted with state and federal regulatory agencies, on issues ranging from federal product recalls and enforcement of gasoline price controls to small business protection and consumer finance regulation.
His thought leadership drives the vision for CyberScout, which he co-founded as Identity Theft 911 in 2003. Now, CyberScout has become one of the largest identity theft education, resolution, identity management and data breach preparedness and response companies in the country. It has a client base of 660 institutions and 770,000 small businesses. On an enrollment basis, more than 10 percent of the households in the United States (some 17.5 million) participate in one or more of its resolution, life-stage management or breach response programs.
He is president of the Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, which has been a strong supporter of financial literacy, higher education and the arts.
He has an AB in Political Science from Stanford University (1971) and a JD from the University of Michigan School of Law (1974). He was twice nominated to run for the US. House of Representatives from his home state of New Jersey. He now lives in New York City with his wife and son.
Adam’s speaking topics include a broad range of security and personal finance topics, such as how to turn your credit and identity portfolios into résumés—and not rap sheets; the benefits and perils of credit; the continuing struggle between convenience and security online; how professionals and businesses can better protect consumer and employee data, as well as trade secrets and intellectual property; privacy issues and the “Internet of Things,” protecting data in a world of connected devices; the growing epidemic of tax fraud and medical ID theft; and how “breaches have become the third certainty in life,” along with the inevitability of identity theft and expert tips on how consumers can minimize their risk of exposure, monitor their credit and identity, and identify effective damage control programs.