The University of Central Florida (UCF) has suffered a data breach after an attack on the institution’s computer network.
Personal information of current and former students and workers was taken in the incident, which led to involvement from law enforcement and an internal investigation using a national digital forensics company.
At the moment, the investigation has identified that unauthorised access to social security numbers was gained, but credit card information, financial and medical records and grades were not taken.
UCF is currently notifying all those affected by the incident in letters delivered this week, offering free credit monitoring and identity-protection services for one year for all those impacted by the incident.
The university has also launched a webpage to provide information about the incident and to advise people on what they can do following the attack. A call centre has also been introduced to offer advice.
President John C. Hitt said in an email: “Safeguarding your personal information is of the utmost importance at UCF. To ensure our vigilance, I have called for a thorough review of our online systems, policies and training to determine what improvements we can make in light of this recent incident.”
President Hitt explained that cyber criminals attempt to illegally access secure data from organisations around the world every day, with higher education institutions particularly popular targets.
He also emphasised the university will work hard to protect their information from hackers.
With cyber criminals finding increasingly sophisticated ways of obtaining information, it is vital that businesses invest in time and money to ensure their data is properly protected, or they could easily lose sensitive data.