Connecticut College disclosed a data breach that occurred early last year, exposing personal information, including social security numbers, of individuals associated with the institution. Detected in March 2023, the breach triggered a comprehensive forensic investigation led by cybersecurity experts to address the unauthorized access to certain files stored on the college’s computer systems. While the exact number of affected individuals remains unspecified, the college authorities have initiated measures to remediate the issue, including collaboration with law enforcement agencies and launching a third-party investigation.
Despite the breach, officials assert that there have been no reported instances of misuse of the compromised data directly resulting from the incident. However, as a precautionary step, Connecticut College has decided to provide free credit monitoring services to those impacted by the breach. The decision underscores the institution’s commitment to safeguarding the privacy and security of its affiliates amidst the evolving landscape of cyber threats.
Questions regarding the scope of the breach and the delay in public disclosure remain unanswered, as college officials declined to provide specific details citing the ongoing investigation. With an enrollment of 1,737 students and 187 full-time professors, Connecticut College faces the challenge of addressing the breach while maintaining transparency and accountability to its community. This incident adds to a series of data breaches affecting educational institutions in Connecticut, highlighting the urgency for robust cybersecurity measures and proactive steps to mitigate risks to sensitive personal information.