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School district reports breach

Social Security, health data spilled by Cynthia Howell | March 19, 2016 at 3:45 a.m.

Pulaski County Special School District leaders said Friday that personal information about all district employees dating back to January 2012 was improperly sent to a personal email account by an employee who left the district in late February.

Primarily, the health insurance benefits information that is at issue in the data breach includes employee names and Social Security numbers, said Will Reid, the district's chief technology officer. But in some cases, the information included additional information about district employees.

Reid said that at this point district leaders do not believe that the information has been shared with anyone beyond the one employee.

The district, however, just learned of the situation Friday afternoon and is continuing its investigation. The matter also has been reported to the Pulaski County sheriff's office, said Deborah Roush, executive director of communications for the 3,000-employee school system.

The district sent an email and telephone messages to employees Friday night about the problem and included suggestions for monitoring their personal information to prevent or minimize identity theft. That advice included monitoring personal accounts and notifying an employee's financial institution if unauthorized activity is detected.

District leaders are also seeking to notify former employees who worked in the district between January 2012 and the present of the potential for problems.

Employees with questions or in need of more information can call the district's help desk after spring break. That number is (501) 234-2150.

Metro on 03/19/2016

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