Breach at Maricopa Community Colleges may cost $14 million

Mary Beth Faller reports:

A massive data breach at Maricopa Community Colleges was a result of staff errors in the information technology department, and the estimated cost of fixing the problem and aiding victims could rise as high as $14 million.

An official with the Maricopa County Community College District said an outside consultant had determined that the April data breach, in which personal information of current and former students and employees may have been exposed, was due to substandard performance of IT workers.

“When Maricopa investigated the system, we found vulnerabilities that resulted from employee conduct that did not meet Maricopa’s standards and expectations,” college district spokesman Tom Gariepy said.

Read more on  Previous coverage of the breach on this blog can be found here and here.

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