Identity Management Institute (IMI) is an international organization established to redefine and promote the identity management field, serve identity management professionals, increase identity risk awareness, and provide identity risk management standards, guidelines, certifications, and education.
The IMI mission is to provide solutions for evolving identity management challenges in the most creative, effective, and efficient ways.
IMI selects volunteers who are CIRM, CRFS, and/or CIPA members to be IMI Advisors, which provide guidance in-line with the IMI mission, objectives, and other operations. IMI advisors promote the highly professional ethics and standards for the identity management field or profession while they address identity theft risks, and educate members on how to best practice identity theft management today. IMI has trained and certified employees from organizations in key industries like financial services, healthcare, insurance, consumer products, government agencies, and consumer services.
This certification is made for professional who need to be aware of and manage certain identity risks within business operations and information systems.
There are many risks around ID and verification when employees are hired or when customer and business partners engage in business transactions... These potential risks and situations need to be monitored and managed to detect identity fraud and possible criminal activity. Processes like risk assessments and reporting help maintain effective updating for policies and procedures, mitigate identity risks, and to consistently comply with regulations. Some laws pertaining to personal identification, privacy, and fraud prevention may overlap with ID management. Legally companies need to manage these laws effectively, and are required to establish a formal Customer Identification Program or CIP, monitor account activities, and prevent identity fraud.
CIRM members of IMI generally work for government agencies and companies worldwide that are committed and responsible for managing identity risks facing their company. Having proper identity risk management through the entire "identity lifecycle" - During hire initiation or ID collection, monitoring, and termination - Ensures a stronger process for effective identification, security and privacy, fraud management, and regulatory compliance.
The CIRM certification demonstrates professional capabilities, commitment, and adherence to identity risk management standards.
The Identity Management Institute (IMI) administers the Certified Identity Risk Manager or CIRM designation and uses Critical Risk Domains (CRD) and IMI developed standards to maintain the CIRM Program.
The CIRM program updates and defines universal ID risks, promotes quality identity risk management practices, and certifies identity risk professionals worldwide.
Critical Risk Domains (CRD) - Are developed and used by IMI to define specific area used for training, testing, and certification. Identity Management Institute's CIRM Critical Risk Domains are:
For a CIRM qualification assessment, interested candidates must apply for IMI membership and submit a CIRM application.
Candidates that submit a risk statement and demonstrate a combination of education, training, or experience may qualify to become a Certified Identity Risk Manager without an examination.
To receive a CIRM application - First become a member of the Identity Management Institute, and then pay a $100 Application Cost. (IMI uses PayPal and other third party credit card processors to receive payments. Candidates may also send a cashier's or company check with their applications by mail.)
CIRM | Maintenance - *Certified professionals must earn continuing education, adhere to IMI code of ethics, and be active members to maintain their CIRM Certification.
IMI administers the Certified Identity Protection Advisor CIPA professional designation, using their certification standards established by IMI for training and examination. The CIPA certification is to provide strong identity theft protection training and validate identity theft management skills of professionals seeking CIPA.
Individuals that become CIPA professionals demonstrate unique knowledge and skills for solving issues facing consumers and businesses. The CIPA program is specifically to educate and certify professionals in the field of consumer identity theft protection. Employees of high-risk organizations such as government agencies, credit bureaus, financial services, insurance, health care, banking, social media, and identity security companies may consider adding a CIPA certification, tax preparers, office organizers, accountants, or others who collect clients personal information, may also be interested in becoming a Certified Identity Protection Advisor.
Critical Risk Domains (CRD) - Are developed and used by IMI to define specific area used for training, testing, and certification. Identity Management Institute's CIPA Critical Risk Domains are:
To become a CIPA you must first become an IMI member, apply to take the exam, then use the included study guide to prepare for the exam, take & pass exam to receive CIPA certification.
*CIPA Exam will include 100 multiple-choice questions which must be answered online and in just one sitting. Correctly answer 70 questions to pass.
After the application process is completed, the CIPA Study Guide will be emailed, and you have one year to study and take the final exam. When you're ready to take the exam, simply inform IMI and the test link along with a pass code will be sent to you.
CIPA Candidates will be required to pay a $100 Application Cost through PayPal or another third party credit card processor. Candidates may also send a cashier's or company check with their applications by mail.
CIPA Maintenance - *Certified professionals must earn continuing education, adhere to IMI code of ethics, and be active members to maintain their CIPA Certification.
CRFS is the identity theft prevention certification program registered and developed based on techniques approved by the government and rigorous examination done by the Identity Management Institute (IMI).
Professionals can be positioned to help organizations prevent identity fraud to minimize fraud losses, protect customers, and comply with regulations regardless of where or how the personal information of a victim was obtained in committing fraud. Those with a CRFS certification are properly educated and trained to identify, detect and mitigate identity theft red flags.
The Identity Management Institute (IMI) is the organization that administers the Certified Red Flag Specialist (CRFS) training and certification process. IMI uses standards closely aligned with the United States Red Flags Rule, which requires businesses and organizations to develop and implement an Identity Theft Prevention Program.
Critical Risk Domains (CRD) - Are developed and used by IMI to define specific area used for training, testing, and certification. Identity Management Institute's CRFS Critical Risk Domains are:
Individuals that contribute to a company's identity fraud prevention or compliance efforts should consider earning the Certified Red Specialist (CRFS) certification. These professionals may include employees, auditors, consultants, and examiners of organizations. Company board members, risk managers, compliance officers, and fraud management experts should also consider getting the CRFS certification.
The CRFS certification can only be obtained through examination. Interested candidates must become an IMI member, and submit an application for examination.
*CRFS Exam will include 100 multiple-choice questions which must be answered online and in just one sitting. Correctly answer 70 questions to pass.
The initial cost for the CRFS exam is $295, which includes the study guide. Membership Application fees are $95 for new members. Repeat exams cost $195.
Registered candidates receive a PDF study guide and a training video to help study for the CRFS exam. Group training and examination discounts are available onsite for all international locations. Please contact IMI for details.
CRFS | Maintenance - *Certified professionals must earn continuing education, adhere to IMI code of ethics, and be active members to maintain their CRFS Certification.
Certification is an important part of professionalism. A professional certification provides credibility, knowledge, and confidence to win the trust of those who rely on certified experts for guidance and solutions. Knowledgeable identity risk experts are needed to mitigate evolving risks between companies and consumers.
There are many reasons why a company's compliance program may need to be improved. Usually this is due to lack of planning, process execution, training, and centralized oversight, periodic program updates, enforcement, and monitoring. Identity theft, and fraud risks are growing and prompting governments to introduce news laws that force companies to be proactive in preventing identity fraud.
Identity Management Institute offers professional training and certifications specific to manage identity theft and fraud globally. Educating and training employees, customers, and business partners is mandatory by some regulations, and essential for protecting assets and reducing fraud. IMI offers self-study materials, online courses, and group training for their certification programs. The IMI training programs can be customized to meet your needs. Contact IMI for unique identity risk management training needs.
*Those that don't already have an identity theft prevention program or process can receive their program certification and accreditations from IMI to validate the development and implementation of an effective identity theft prevention program in accordance with the requirements of the Red Flags Rule.
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