Western recovers hard drive with student data [St. Joseph News-Press, Mo.]
(St. Joseph News-Press (MO) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Jan. 31--A hard drive with confidential information related to Missouri Western State University students was inadvertently included in a computer surplus sale in December.
Western recovered the hard drive, which contained names and Social Security numbers of around 3,000 students recruited by Western between 2005 and 2009, on Jan. 9, two days after the new owner the of the computer discovered the information.
The university believes that no information was compromised, but is required to notify the individuals whose information was on that drive.
Tim Kissock, risk manager at Western, said the Nebraska man who bought a number of the desktop computers at a bulk sale contacted the university Jan. 8, notifying officials about the hard drive. Mr. Kissock said the man assured the university that he had done nothing nefarious with the hard drive and shipped it overnight to Western.
"Even though we do not feel there is any way this information has been compromised," Mr. Kissock said, "we're still required by law to notify everybody whose information was on that drive."
The Missouri attorney general's office was also notified of the incident.
Mr. Kissock said of the 200 computers that were sold in the sale, but only one had a hard drive in it. Western's policy is to wipe the drives and disable them as computers are recycled. Mr. Kissock said they aren't sure where in the process the computer was missed. But because of the incident, they are adding an additional step in their process to ensure that all outgoing computers are double checked before leaving campus.
Jimmy Myers can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(c)2013 the St. Joseph News-Press (St. Joseph, Mo.)
Visit the St. Joseph News-Press (St. Joseph, Mo.) at www.newspressnow.com/index.html
Distributed by MCT Information Services
[ Back To TMCnet.com's Homepage ]