Ferris State University security breach

Personal information exposed in Ferris State security breach

Author: Charles Jackson, Assignment Desk Editor, @Local4Chuck
Published On: Aug 16 2013 06:36:21 AM EDT
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. -

Ferris State University has sent letters to nearly 50,000 people alerting them to a security breach at the university.

On July 23, 2013 Ferris State was informed that a computer that was used to operate Ferris' website was compromised.  The computer was immediately shut down to prevent any further information from being accessed.

As a precaution, Ferris State sent out letters to approximately 39,000 individuals whose names and Social Security numbers that were stored in the computer.  The university also mailed out letters to 19,000 current, former and prospective students whose name and student identification numbers were accessible.

"Ferris recognizes the importance of the privacy and confidentiality of personal information that is provided to us. We will continue to strengthen our security measures to help guard against future attempts of this kind," said John Urbanick, Ferris State University's chief technology officer.

Although no evidence shows that any credit information was compromised, Ferris State is offering one year of free credit monitoring to address any concerns.

For the 19,000 students that had names and student identification compromised they are asking student to call (231) 591-4822 or toll free (877) 779-7822 or click here.