Message from President Roberts: WSU Data Security Breach Update

Dear Colleague,

You may have heard about a data security breach at Washington State University’s Social & Economic Sciences Research Center (SESRC). Some employees and students on our campus have received letters from WSU explaining that their personal information may have been part of the affected data. (See Seattle Times’ 6/22/17 article).

Shoreline’s Office of Institutional Assessment and Data Management has worked with SESRC on an annual graduate survey, but has only released SIDs, names, and email addresses of students who completed a certificate or degree. No social security numbers or personal health information was shared, and employee contact information was only shared if the employee was also a Shoreline graduate. Further, our contact at WSU assured us that data we shared as part of the survey process was not part of the security breach.

Note that while many Shoreline employees received this notice, many did not. At this time, there is no evidence that information shared from Shoreline Community College was part of the data breach at WSU. If you received a letter from WSU regarding this issue, it is to alert you to the potential that your information was included but WSU is stressing that there is no evidence any personal information has been accessed or misused.

Washington State University is providing one year of complimentary credit monitoring and identity theft protection services for individuals whose personal information was affected. The university has set up an assistance line, 866-523-9195, to answer questions about the data breach (available Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.). It has also posted information on its website:

Thank you,
Cheryl Roberts, Ed.D.

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