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IT Trends :: Thursday, December 14, 2006


D'es UCLA Have a Campuswide, Integrated Crisis Plan?

By Terry Calhoun

My heart g'es out to campus IT folks who experience private data security breaches. I know—we all know—that, except for a few extreme cases, each one of these could be any of us. No matter how hard we try, there is always some vulnerability. The latest, of course, is the largest campus-based breach of all: More than 800,000 records at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

About 800,000 database records on students, faculty, and staff were “exposed” in a series of intrusions that went on from October of 2005 until late November 2006. Some of the information at risk included birth dates, Social Security numbers, names, and other information useful in identity theft. The university says there is no direct evidence that any of the information was actually misused, and it's doing its best to do the right thing...

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