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MEDIA ADVISORY: San Diego Unified School District Alerts Staff and Families of Data Breach

MEDIA ADVISORY: San Diego Unified School District Alerts Staff and Families of Data Breach
Posted on 02/13/2019

San Diego Unified School District

The San Diego Unified School District has alerted employees and families to an incident at San Diego Unified School District involving the security of their personal data on the district's information systems.

The district has reason to believe some employee and student personal data may have been compromised through the access or use by an unauthorized individual. Part of a “phishing” email effort, unauthorized access resulted in the potential viewing or theft of the personal data of some students and staff members.

Roughly 50 staff members whose accounts were compromised had the security on their accounts reset immediately upon discovery. Families of students whose data may have been accessed have been contacted by the district. The breach is believed to date back to January 2018 and could impact as many as 500,000 students who were enrolled in the district between the 2008-09 and 2018-19 school years.

“Data security has become an increasing concern for public agencies, corporations and private citizens nationwide,” said Toren Allen executive director of San Diego Unified's Integrated Technology Department. “We are constantly reviewing our practices and systems in an effort to find efficiencies and to identify potential vulnerabilities.”

San Diego Unified has taken necessary steps to eliminate the threat to personal data and has implemented improvements

to prevent such unauthorized access from reoccurring.

For more information, families and employees have been directed to visit www.sandiegounified.org/datasafety