Omaha - The Information Security Office at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), along with law enforcement, is investigating unauthorized access into an administrative unit server within Campus Security. The incident was discovered in the last week by the university in the course of performing a security scan.
The server contained files with some personal information, including Social Security numbers.
Law enforcement is assisting UNO to assess the incident to see if any individuals’ personal information may have been compromised.
Multiple steps have been taken since the suspected incident was discovered, including:
● Removing the server from service to prevent further unauthorized access
● Contacting and working with law enforcement
● Hiring a leading firm specializing in data security to assist in a forensic investigation
● Investigating the nature and extent of unauthorized access
● Developing a communication plan to contact individuals who may have been affected once information is known
● Setting up a dedicated website to share information at: www.unomaha.edu/about-uno/information-security-alerts.php
● Setting up a dedicated email for questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
“We take the security of personal information very seriously. We are currently focused on gathering the specific details of the incident and directly communicating with those who may have been affected,” said Matt Morton, UNO’s Chief Information Security Officer. “We are working with law enforcement and information security experts to thoroughly deconstruct this incident so that we can determine a full understanding of potential exposure and take appropriate action.”
The university has created a website, www.unomaha.edu/about-uno/information-security-alerts.php, where concerned individuals can view current information related to potential unauthorized access and the ongoing investigation.
UNO will directly contact individuals who may have been affected once information is known. The university will establish a toll-free service center if needed.
“It is always good practice to monitor your personal information for fraudulent activity,” Morton said. “If anyone sees any irregular activity, please contact appropriate law enforcement, like the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.”
Another resource is the Federal Trade Commission’s identity theft website at www.idtheft.gov or their phone number, 1-877-438-4338 (1-877-IDTHEFT).
About the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Located in one of America’s best cities to live, work and learn, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its online education, graduate education, military friendliness and community engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of excellence both in the classroom and in the community.