Sigma Financial’s Frank Mitchell Discusses Real-World Identity Theft

Ann Arbor, MI – [June 8, 2018] – Frank R. Mitchell, CITRMS®, of Sigma Financial Corporation, spoke at the Troy Chamber of Commerce on June 7, 2018 about cybersecurity, identity theft, and fraud on behalf of Commerce Member/Financial Advisor, Chuck Vercellone. Frank shared real-life, personal stories about his experiences stealing information and cloning people’s identities as an ethical social engineer (identity thief). Attendees learned the truth behind identity theft and practical self-defense concepts to help manage the behavior that puts individuals at risk.


Since 2006, Frank R. Mitchell has dedicated over 15,000 hours researching how people manage Confidential and Sensitive Information personally and in the workplace. Over that time, he has innovated programs with now proven track records for assessing risk, training people, and mitigating information loss for hundreds of organizations nationwide. Perhaps his most notable methodology is manipulating people in real-life situations by acting as a social engineer (an identity thief) to test his clients’ preparedness.


Attendees of the meeting were appreciative of Frank’s content and honest discussion. “[Cybersecurity] is such a hot topic and current with today’s business climate. We need to get Frank in front of the entire Chamber to hear this! Well done!” Kirk, Ambassador, Troy Chamber of Commerce. Chuck Vercellone explained, “Frank was well received with comments on having him back to speak at a chamber-wide event to a larger audience. He entertained with his exploits in uncovering the holes in a business cybersecurity program. Everyone said they gleaned at least one point that they hadn’t been aware of in the past.” It should be noted that these social engineering exercises were all performed with the contractual consent of the client. In other words, Frank is an “ethical identity thief,” not a criminal. This first-hand understanding of the way a thief operates gives Frank a unique advantage in the marketplace.


To find out more about cybersecurity, identity theft, and fraud, or to learn more about how Sigma Financial Corporation educates its advisors on these topics, contact Chuck Vercellone at (248) 680-4622.




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