MISD Approves Financial Package After Security Breach 02/10/14
February 10, 2014
Midland - The Midland Independent School District Board of Trustees approved unanimously to go forward with a financial package for all parents whose children were a victim of the security breech. Thousands of current and former student’s social security numbers and birthdates were all stolen from a district laptop. The school district is calling it a “financial package,” it’s the same type of plan that was offered to Target customers when they had their big security breach. It will basically allow the school to turn over responsibility to a private company and let them watch the student’s credit for a year.
“If anything does come about from this, if we monitor our children’s data, and if anything does happen, we want to make sure that we have a plan to support parents through that,” said MISD Superintendent Dr. Ryder Warren.
Not only will they have a private company working with parents, the school district will also be making a full assessment to see what is on every single laptop owned by the school district. “I think the worst thing we could have done is pretend this was not a big deal, to pretend that nothing was really going to happen,” said Warren.
There are 2,007 laptops within the district that will each have to be looked through to know what kind of information sits on the hard drive. Two hundred and fifty three of those are being used for administrative purposes. After the initial analysis of the gadgets, officials plan on hiring an auditor to see what else they can do to keep student’s information safe.
“As a school district we want to create as solid of a protection plan as we can to protect our data,” said Warren. Warren says as of now there has been no indication that anyone’s information has been used, but of course you can never be too careful.