UMaine professor whose laptop was stolen violated university’s data policy

Noel K. Gallagher provides additional details on a U. of Maine breach reported earlier this week:

A University of Maine physics professor who compromised the personal information of more than 600 current and former students when his laptop was stolen violated a university policy that prohibits professors and other employees from having students’ Social Security numbers stored on any electronic devices.

“This is something we have regularly warned our faculty of,” said John Forker, chief information security officer for the University of Maine System. Forker noted that all system employees receive annual online computer-security training that spells out the policies.


Nagle would not say whether there would be repercussions for the faculty member, who was not identified, saying it was a personnel issue. Initially, officials wouldn’t say whether the professor was supposed to have the student information on the laptop when the security breach was revealed Wednesday.

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