The state's largest business organization and defend-id, Inc., a leader in identity theft protection, are partnering to provide identity theft protection and recovery solutions for small businesses and their employees.

The CBIA/defend-id partnership offers eligible employees identity monitoring and alerts, credit monitoring and alerts, fully managed identity recovery, and more.

The identity protection plans, provided as an employer-paid or employee-paid benefit, are available exclusively to members of CBIA's Health Connections employee benefits program.

"Identity theft continues to expand at an exponential rate," CBIA Service Corp. president Ken Comeau said today.

"This growing threat has resulted in an increased demand for quality identity monitoring and restoration services.

"We're excited to partner with defend-id to add this valuable and affordable benefit to the CBIA Health Connections program."

"We are very fortunate to have this opportunity to work with CBIA," says defend-id CEO Brian Thompson.

"Their expertise in employee benefits solutions, high-quality products, and superior customer support are unparalleled in Connecticut.

“We couldn't be happier to have CBIA as a partner."

Identity theft protection is also a perfect first-line cybersecurity protection for employers.

If an employee's identity is compromised while they're using a company-owned device on the company’s network, a security hole opens and critical data suddenly becomes vulnerable, increasing the probability of a cyberattack.

Products in the CBIA Health Connections program are available to CBIA member companies and sold through insurance brokers and agents.

About CBIA

CBIA is Connecticut's largest business organization, with thousands of member companies, small and large, representing a diverse range of industries from every part of the state.

CBIA Health Connections, a program of CBIA Service Corp., is a nationally recognized program offering benefit solutions for thousands of Connecticut member companies and their employees. The program includes group medical, dental, life, and disability coverage options as well as voluntary dental, life, disability, accident & illness, vision, and identity theft benefits.

For more information, please email or call Joe Budd (860.244.1951), or visit

About defend-id, Inc.

defend-id provides identity theft monitoring and recovery solutions to create “peace of mind with a place to turn” for employers and their employees. Located in Collinsville, CT, defend-id is an affiliate of Merchant Information Services that monitors over 15 million customers across the United States. 

defend-id products and services are designed for the unique needs of small to mid-sized companies. For more information, visit