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IU Wraps Up Data Breach Response Effort

An Indiana University spokesman says the response to data breach cost the university $130,000.

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IU says no personal information was reported as misused.

Indiana University has shut down the call line center it opened as a response to a data breach that left the personal information of 146,000 current and former students’ exposed.

University officials said information including names, social security numbers and addresses had been unsecured because of a human error. The call center opened in late February after the breach happened and received over a thousand calls.

IU spokesman Mark Land says there were no reports of identity theft and the university is working on better education to prevent a breach happening in the future.

“We didn’t have to do any work to strengthen our firewalls, if you will,” Land says, “But what we did do is we took a lot of steps around training to remind people of what our data security procedures are.”

Land says the response to the data breach ultimately cost the school about $130,000.

Casey Kuhn

Casey Kuhn is a reporter working for WFIU/WTIU news. Originally from Cincinnati, she recently graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in journalism. Her main interests are dogs, baseball, and food. Follow her online at @CaseyAtTheDesk.

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  • Bob Eckert

    This show how excellent University Information Technology Services is at identifying a problem, responding to it quickly, and taking steps to educate the University community about how they can prevent such an event from occurring again. As a 31-year, now retired, veteran of the dept, I can speak with some authority on this. We are very lucky to have such competent and dedicated people taking care of the IT systems for IU.

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