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October Data Breach Monthly: We Keep Tabs On Companies That Have Been Hacked (So You Don’t Have To)

According to data from the Identity Theft Resource Center, there have been 577 data breaches so far in 2015, resulting in the unlawful exposure of 155,825,425 personal identities. Let’s run through some of the recent violations that you may not have heard about in the news. Companies Breached and Individuals Harmed Company | State | […]

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Maricopa Community College’s 2.5 Million Person Data Breach: Chaos Ensues

In one of the largest College/Education data breaches, Maricopa Community college is notifying almost 2.5 million current and former students, vendors, employees, and apparently people who never attended.  Information breached includes Social Security numbers and bank account information.  The Office of Inadequate Security (www.databreaches.net) has a great write up about the breach here.  But the […]

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Colleges and Universities Are Putting Private Financial Data at Risk

A new study, released by cyber security firm HALOCK Security Labs, has some interesting, but not surprising, stats behind data security at Colleges and Universities. HALOCK found that over 50% of the colleges and universities investigated allow for the transmission of sensitive information over unencrypted (and therefore unprotected) email as an option without directly promoting […]

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SSN Data Breach hits University of Virgina

A data breach at the University of Virgina was recently caused by a mailing mistake, exposing the social security numbers of 18,700 students – the university lists 21,000 students total.  The mailing mistake came when Aetna Student Health, which provides health insurance to the school and students, sent out brochure with students SSN printed on […]

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Things you should know before going live with a Complete Data Breach Response Strategy

This “Data Breach Response – How To” article is part of our larger series by Heather Noonan.  So you find yourself in the debacle of a data breach? Where in the world do you begin? Your management team is sending you emails left and right, meetings have started to run amok, and you haven’t had […]

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Champlain College Hit By Flash Drive Data Breach

A flash drive containing sensitive information of Champlain College students was found in a computer lab on campus exposing over 14,000.  The breached information, including social security numbers, belonged to students who applied for admission as far back as 2010.  The flash drive was inadvertently left in a computer lab on campus and it is […]

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University of Florida Notifies Patients after Healthcare Data Breach

University of Florida notified over 5,500 patients (and parents of) after an employee working at the medical center may have compromised PHI and PII.  The employee was discovered to have ties with an ID theft ring.  The healthcare breach happened at the UF Pediatric Primary Care Clinic and involved minors, hence the parents being notified.  […]

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Idaho State University Hit With $400k HIPAA Fine

HHS hit Idaho State University with a $400,000 fine this week over HIPAA security violations.  The fine comes because of a healthcare data breach involving 17,500 patients where a firewall was disabled for 10 months.  Overall HHS listed a incomplete/inadequate risk assessment/analysis as one of the major factors in their decision. “Idaho State University (ISU) […]

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College Data Breach Infographic – 8 Years of Data Breaches

What does 8 years of university data breaches look like? I’ve run across this great inforgraphic of data breaches in higher education created by open-site.org. Courtesy of Open-Site.org, used under Creative Commons License:

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Community College Data Breach Leaks 125,000 SSN’s

Kirkwood Community College’s Website was hacked on March 13th, exposing 125,000 social security numbers of people who applied during an 8 year period. I can imagine notification on this population would be a nightmare, a large, highly mobile population. The college, which announced the unlawful incident on Monday, said archived application information from February 2005 […]

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