The Moravia CSD was notified that some student and staff data was breached in the fall of 2018. This data was taken from AIMSweb, provided by the company Pearson. This was a national breach and our district was one of many that were compromised. The data taken was specifically last names and student IDs and email. The district will be contacting each individual affected.
Please read the press release below, provided by the Central New York Regional Information Center:
The Central New York Regional Information Center and area school superintendents met Thursday after being alerted of a national data breach compromising student information.
The breach was discovered by the FBI and stems from an attack against education software developer Pearson, which compromised student names, dates of birth, email addresses, and ID numbers.
Immediately upon learning of the situation, the CNYRIC contacted Pearson and the affected school districts in the region to determine to extent of the breach.
“We have been in constant contact with Pearson to obtain district-specific information and will update the affected parties as Pearson provides more information,” said Pamela Mazzaferro, Central New York Regional Information Center Director.
Districts are contacting students, staff and parents to alert them of the situation and, through Education Law 2-D, are developing additional privacy protection measures. Education Law 2-D works to safeguard personally identifiable information by analyzing and protecting the integrity of cybersecurity-related to third-party contractors, such as Pearson.
“CNYRIC is constantly striving to ensure that district data and personally identifiable information are protected; aligning ourselves with Education Law 2-D requirements will help ensure privacy protection with third-party vendors in the future,” Mazzaferro said.