Local College Reports Possible Data Breach


WACO (January 31, 2014) Texas State Technical College was notifying employees Friday about a possible data breach in which personal information may have been accessed.

The breach has been contained, the college said in a press release
Friday evening.

A forensic investigation involving TSTC IT analysts and federal law enforcement agencies is underway into what the school described as ”a server vulnerability.”

"Based on forensic analysis to date, there is no indication that any of the data on the machine was actually stolen, only that the opportunity for someone to access it existed," said TSTC Chancellor Michael L. Reeser.

"We felt it was essential to notify our employees of the incident and its inherent risk," Reeser added.

"We deeply regret this situation and are taking steps to protect our employees who may be at risk from this vulnerability," he said.

TSTC is offering a year of free premium identity theft protection to employees, to whom letters were sent that include recommended steps to protect against potential misuse of personal information, the college said.

"The college wants to be sure individuals are aware of the situation so they can carefully monitor their financial records for unauthorized activity over the next several months," TSTC spokeswoman Eliska Smith said.