POSTED: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 5:30pm
UPDATED: Friday, September 16, 2011 - 3:17pm
EAST EL PASO- The El Paso Independent School District is responding to employee concerns about their Social Security Numbers being stolen by a computer hacker.
The district admits it is a very serious situation, but they are proud of their actions following the security breach.
When EPISD discovered that more than 7,000 Social Security Numbers had been stolen following a security breach on their online data-base, Associate Superintendent of Human Resources, Robert Almandan says that the district's first priority was to notify all of the people whose private information had been stolen.
"Our efforts from day one have been to lookout for all of our community,” said Almandan.
Almandan says the district is working hard to repair any damage to moral that may have been caused from the hacking.
"We believe that our teachers are professional, and are there with their experience. Yes, many show concern, but they know what to do,” said Almandan.
While the district says they are letting law enforcement do their job of tracking down the criminals responsible for the hacking, the district is busy doing their job of educating students.
"At the end of the day, our students are succeeding by all measures that are used to show that success,” said Almandan.
After the security breach, the district asked the Texas Education Agency to clarify why they are required to identify students by their Social Security Number.
The TEA responded:
"If the person enrolling a student refuses or fails to provide the Social Security Number
for the student being enrolled…"
"Then the district is permitted to issue a State
Assigned Alternative Identification Number or S Number…"
"However, there is no circumstance under which a district should offer
to swap a student's Social Security Number for an "S Number."
EPISD is also offering a credit monitoring program at a discounted price on their website for all parents and staff.