Information security issues at Virginia Department of Education being addressed


NEW INFORMATION TONIGHT ON THE SAFETY OF YOUR PERSONAL IDENTITY. THIS COMES ONE DAY AFTER A WSLS 10 INVESTIGATION SHOWED THAT INFORMATION STORED BY THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IS AT RISK. WSLS 10’S JENNA ZIBTON EXPLAINS THE CHANGES SINCE OUR INVESTIGATION AIRED. :00-:35 THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION WAS NOTIFIED TODAY… ALL 13 COMPUTER SERVERS THAT NEEDED TO BE UPGRADED… WERE INSTALLED AS OF THIS MORNING. THIS IS WEEKS AHEAD OF WHAT THEY WERE PLANNING ON… AND WEEKS AHEAD OF WHAT THEY TOLD ME WHEN I STARTED ASKING QUESTIONS THIS WEEK. THE VIRGINIA AUDITOR OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS SAID SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE NEEDED TO BE UPGRADED TO KEEP YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION PROTECTED. THE OUTDATED SERVERS HAVE NAMES… ADDRESSES… AND SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS… OF VIRGINIA TEACHERS AND ANYONE WHO HAS A VIRGINIA TEACHING LICENSE … STUDENT DATA… LIKE NAMES AND SOME ADDRESSES… IS ALSO NOT SECURE… ACCORDING TO THE AUDIT REPORT. THE REPORT SAYS QUOTE… “EDUCATION DOES NOT UPGRADE CERTAIN I-T SOFTWARE… WHICH INCREASES THE RISK THAT A MALICIOUS ATTACKER WILL EXPLOIT THESE VULNERABILITIES, LEADING TO A DATA BREACH.” :50-:54 :49-:54 3:41:20 BRIAN GIBBS-WILSON, VA DEPT. OF EDUCATION CHIEF INFORMATION SECURITY OFFICER INFORMATION IS ALWAYS AT RISK, THAT’S THE NATURE OF INFORMATION SECURITY. THE REPORT IS SPECIFICALLY ADDRESSING OUR CURRENT ENVIRONMENT IN A POINT OF TIME 1:04 AS OF THIS MORNING… ALL SERVERS HAVE BEEN INSTALLED— AND ARE NOW BEING TESTED. THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SAYS THIS NOW PUTS THEM ON TRACK TO MEET THE DEADLINE OF HAVING THE NEW HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE UPDATED BY APRIL 1ST. AGAIN, THEY WANT TO ASSURE EVERYONE THE DEPARTMENT HAS NOT HAD A BREACH IN SECURITY… JENNA ZIBTON, WSLS 10.

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