Spanish - Adam K. Levin is a consumer advocate with more than 30 years of experience in security, privacy, personal finance, real estate and government service. A former director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, Levin is chairman and founder of CyberScout and co-founder of Credit.com. He is also the author of "Swiped: How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers, Phishers, and Identity Thieves".
Mr. Levin is an expert on cybersecurity, identity management and identity theft resolution. He writes a weekly column, which appears in The Huffington Post and ABCNews.com, as well as 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 Credit.com and CyberScout, which he co-founded as Identity Theft 911, in 1994 and 2003 respectively. Now in its 13th year, 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.
For more than two decades, Credit.com has been considered one of the most respected credit education and consumer advocacy companies in the nation. More than 30 million consumers visit Credit.com each year. Its award-winning free Credit Report Card has drawn rave reviews from consumers, personal finance experts and the media. Credit.com’s team of nationally recognized credit experts produce content that is carried daily by many of the major media outlets in America, reaching some 40 million people per month.
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.
Levin’s book “Swiped” has been listed as a best-selling business book by 800-CEO Reads and received several favorable reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and The Sunday Times (UK).